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I need to connect to a legacy Oracle 8 database.

Oracle SQL Developer would be my tool of choice, but the current version doesn't support Oracle 8 anymore.

I tried Squirrel too, but the connection is awfully slow (and I can verify via JDBC that identical queries can actually run very fast)

My platform is Ubuntu on x86, I would consider

  • native solutions
  • Java-based solutions
  • Eclipse-based solutions (I previously used jOra, but it seems to be gone)

migration rejected from Jan 26 '15 at 14:41

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doesn't support Oracle 8 anymore... Have you tried it and failed? I would think it would still be able to work via jdbc. I would be interested to see the problems you had. – REW Jan 21 '11 at 18:01
up vote 3 down vote accepted

For JDBC based tools such as Squirrel you should try to use (even with Oracle8i) a 9.x or even a 10.x driver (not sure about the 10.x though). Maybe they give better performance. Somewhere on the JDBC download page of Oracle there is a compatibility Matrix that shows which driver version is compatible with which database version.

Another cross-platform (Java) solution to try out might be:

Thanks. Giving you the checkmark although the question is no longer relevant to me (I asked the admin to migrate the DB to a newer version :-)). But your answer is the most relevant to what I was looking for at the time. – Sean Patrick Floyd May 17 '11 at 8:42
+1 don't be a stranger :) – Jack Douglas May 17 '11 at 11:51

I don't know about good.. but sqlplus run in rlwrap which makes it use readline is somewhat decent for a commandline app.

Commandline? I'm sorry, but I'll pass on that... – Sean Patrick Floyd Jan 21 '11 at 15:22
@sean you didn't specify gui, and I don't use anything but, plus most linux people (I know) are cli nuts. Honestly I looked for a good free oracle 11 client that was gui, never found one. Doesn't mean it didn't exist, but I never found one that I could get working. – xenoterracide Jan 21 '11 at 15:34
I use sqltools. It's awesome. – Munchi Feb 20 '13 at 19:50

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