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One simple trick to make WebLogic admin easier

Setting well-known WebLogic paths as Unix environment variables can make daily administration easier. For example,

export WLHOME=/home/weblogic/Oracle/Middleware/user_projects/domains/base_domain
export WLBIN=${WLHOME}/bin
export WLLOG=${WLLOG}/servers/AdminServer/logs

This is preferable to using Unix aliases such as

alias gotolog='cd /home/weblogic/Oracle/Middleware/user_projects/domains/base_domain/servers/AdminServers/logs'

  • Easy to navigate
    Being able to quickly and easily switch between any WebLogic log and bin directory via
    cd $WLLOG
    cd $WLBIN

    makes production debugging much less stressful than fumbling around Oracle WebLogic notoriously long and nested directory structures. This is especially important when you are debugging a real-time production issue on multiple WebLogic Unix servers with your eight bosses watching over your shoulders.

  • Flexible and reusable
    The environment variables can be used in a number of situations.
    cd $WLLOG
    tail -f $WLLOG/AdminServer.log
    ls $WLLOG
    tar cvf archiveLogs.tar $WLLOG

  • Usable by developers
    Java developers can get the Unix environment variable via
    They can also directly use it in their bash shell scripts. This makes the same code portable across multiple WebLogic domains and environments without having to modify their code.

  • Self-documenting
    Other admins can type
    set | grep "^WL"

    and see the real paths for WebLogic. This is helpful if you have to change WebLogic directories or are on a unfamiliar server.

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