I’ve been approached by someone installing Oracle Enterprise Manager with a problem of the installation fails due to not finding the compress binary. It seems that some of the Oracle products relay on the ncompress package for compressing.
While compress might be the UNIX standard for compressing, I’m curious why didn’t they changed the product to use gzip. Or at least to check whether ncompress is available and than use it. But failing because of that seems to much to me.
This isn’t the first time I’ve challenged Oracle’s dependencies, which I think sometimes aren’t minimal as they should be or complaint with common distribution standards.