Install just PTSpy on desktop for reading logs

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spy-display.jpgDo you work with people who need to analyze PTspy logs on their desktop but who don't have the Spy reader available to get those logs into an easy-to-read format?

Back in the day, BEA put out an installer called LoggingUtilities_PTspy with the executable file  ALILoggingUtilities_v1-1_MP1.exe. If you still can find that installer, you can use it to install the Spy reader. The format of .spy logs hasn't changed, so that old reader works for the latest and greatest (or worst) logs.

But that installer was only for 32-bit machines. If you're working with Windows 7, then you need another approach. My recommendation is that you use the regular (and unfortunately huge) component installer, install something that includes the Spy reader, then delete the components you didn't want. The steps I used to do so follow.

Run the WebCenterInteraction_10. installer. At the prompts, enter the following:


Installation folder: (your choice. i'm choosing c:\apps\plumtree).

Choose components: Check ONLY Automation Service.

If you get a Dependency Warning about Microsoft Visual C++, then "Yes, launch the installer."

Configuration Manager - Port and Password: Accept the default port of 12345 and leave the password blank.

Password inconsistency: Click "Continue" to keep the blank password.

Pre-Installation Summary: Click install.

Launch Configuration Manager: Just click next.

Application Settings Confirmation: Select "No, configure later," then click next.

Install Complete: Select "No, I will restart my system myself," then click done.


PTSpy is now available on your machine. You don't need to reboot.

run-cmd-as-admin.jpgHowever, your computer also has three services installed that you probably don't want. To remove them, you need to run commands in a command prompt that runs with elevated administrator privileges. To get that command prompt, click the start button and type "cmd" into the search box. You'll see cmd.exe is one of the search results.
Right click on it, then select "run as administrator."

cmd-paste.jpgNow in that prompt, paste in the following commands (to paste, right-click the title bar, click edit, click paste). You can paste these all in at the same time:

@rem -- make sure all services are stopped
sc stop "oracle wci logger"
sc stop ConfigurationManager12345
sc stop ptautomationserver

@rem -- now delete them
sc delete "oracle wci logger"
sc delete ConfigurationManager12345
sc delete ptautomationserver

That should do it. You should see output like this:

C:\Windows\system32>sc delete "oracle wci logger"
[SC] DeleteService SUCCESS

C:\Windows\system32>sc delete ConfigurationManager12345
[SC] DeleteService SUCCESS

C:\Windows\system32>sc delete ptautomationserver
[SC] DeleteService SUCCESS

The install put just over 800mb of files on your machine, but most of those are not related to ptspy. You can delete about 600mb of these by deleting unnecessary files and folders.

Open the folder C:\apps\plumtree\common and delete these:


Then open the folder C:\apps\plumtree and delete these:


Now on to analyzing spy files!

What Oracle engineering should do though is put an option in the WCI installer for just the Spy logging toolkit (it won't be in WCI 10.3.3). Maybe some day...


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