I also tested wit Version 188.8.131.52. The VS tools worked, but this version was not working with our tnsnames.ora which is referenced via ifile. I have installed this driver version before the 184.108.40.206.20. Eventually this was the problem. Also I have reinstalled the 220.127.116.11 version again and no datasources and tools are available.
First of all, please make sure you were using this file:
Other 32 bit downloads do not include integration with the tools.
Second of all, I would recommend instead that you resolve your problem with ODT 12.1 since many new features have been added in that version. (What is an "ifile")?
Thanks for reply. Yes I did install this exact version. The funny thing is that I can open a project in VS2012 (created in VS2010 with the 18.104.22.168 version on an other box) on my machine and the VS2012 EF designer opens correctly when double clicking on the .edmx file. The Oracle Client data providers however do not show up ( and therefore I cannot recreate the model from the database). Also the About dialog does not contain the VS Oracle tools. Build and run however works, as well deployment to an IIS/R2008 server where 22.214.171.124 is installed.
The ifile is a parameter in the tnsnames.ora file to reference other tnsnames.ora. That is the way we reference the company wide tnsnames.ora on a shared drive. This does not work in the 12.1 ODT version.
IMHO the uninstalling of the 12.1 and reinstalling 126.96.36.199 somehow screwed up the registry or whatever. I am quite familiar with VS and also the command line switches, I did all I could (/resetsettings, etc), but nothing helped. Also a repair of VS2012 did not help. After the not working 188.8.131.52 I tried to reinstall 12.1, but with no success. I always did an uninstall and a reboot in between each installation/uninstallation.
Another question, this installer looks a bit outdated, did Oracle ever think about using newer ways of providing such an installer ( NuGet, and/or vsix) ?
Are you by any chance using the Express Edition of VS 2012? The Express Editions do not support "add-ins" and ODT is an add-in.
If IFILE is not working you can try setting TNS_ADMIN in the environment if using the unmanaged provider, and in the machine config, if using the managed provider.
We are considering supporting nuget, but we will likely only provide it on OTN, rather than on nuget.org due to legal issues.
Thanks for your answer, we are using currently VS Professional only, but will soon switch to Premium or Ultimate. Express versions are not used at all.
We are only using the managed provider. Using machine.config is difficult as it requires admin privileges for editing. Furthermore the global tnsnames.ora is managed by a different team.
Does the ODTwithODAC package look at any environment variables, except PATH? I have checked the PATH variable and it was always set correctly to the right version.
Glad to hear about your NuGet plans!