For all the years that I've been working with Oracle I have not had to deal with the oracle streams capture/apply processes. Other DBA's on my team have had to work with it, but I didn't get the hands on experience. That is until past weekend when I had installed a streams backed process for our identity management product for creation of downstream accounts.
Part of the installation process was to set global_names=true, which as I have now found out is the recommendation from oracle. From what little I know about it, it is for additional security as well as preventing bad things from happening during clones (or so I've read).
It turns out that one of the results from enabling global_names is that you end up getting "ORA-02085: database link FOO.DB.COM connects to BAR.DB.COM" when the database link name does not match the target.
I tried "fooling" it with everything I could think of that didn't involve rewriting any of the code that calls the database link, but nothing in fact worked. The name itself has to be changed to match the target database name (which is clearly stated in oracle documentation...I hoped it was a lie).
This was new to me.
I currently have set global_names=false until I can figure out how much code has to be reworked reflecting all the database link name changes.
So the one thing I should have checked into before setting global_names to true was which database links were going to fail after the switch. And had I done that before, I would have realized the answer would be... all of them. At least now I can push for a new standard for everyone to follow when they create database links.