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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

Installing Oracle 10g

Ensure X forwarding is enabled, and log in as user oracle:

xhost +
su oracle

Start the oracle installer:

cd /tmp/Disk1

If everything is working you should see a stream test pass, and a window will pop up. If not, go back and make sure you didn't miss anything.

It is safe to ignore two rpm errors in the console.

With older versions of the libaio package installed (seems like the unstable version does not have this problem) two compile errors arise but can be ignored (in the GUI--just click continue). The two errors concern ``ihsodbc ctx_on'' and ``all_no_orcl.''

Before running /home/oracle/product/10.1.0/Db_1/root.sh as root, tell it to use the Debian idea of a nobody group (suggested by Martin.Schuster):

  - $CHGRP nobody $ORACLE_HOME/bin/extjob
  + $CHGRP nogroup $ORACLE_HOME/bin/extjob

Now run the root.sh script.

Pre 10.2 Oracle installed a service called cssd. The script waits 600 seconds (10 minutes) for the service to be started before going on. You need to do some set up while it waits for you! The message on the console will show: Expecting the CRS daemons to be up within 600 seconds. There are three things to do (as suggested by Eduardo Diaz Comellas).

First, the /etc/inittab file needs a line to set the active runlevels to 23 (the Debian defaults) instead of 35 (the Red Hat and Suse defaults). Change it from:

  h2:35:respawn:/etc/init.d/init.cssd run >/dev/null 2>&1 </dev/null


  h2:23:respawn:/etc/init.d/init.cssd run >/dev/null 2>&1 </dev/null

Next, the inittab runs /etc/rc.d/init.d/init.cssd. Exit this script and, at line 83, replace:

  SU="/bin/su -l"


  SU="/bin/su "

The Debian su does not support the -l option.

Finally, make init restart the service:

  # init q

The root.sh script should now continue and finish as expected.

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