GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Oracle 10g Release 2
We present a step-by-step guide to installing Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2.0.1) for Linux x86 on a Debian sid installation. This guide has been developed over several versions of Oracle, and I aim to keep it up-to-date with the current version (and occasional notes regarding previous versions). Please let me know any issues or discrepancies you find.
Dani Dorbek reports that the install is also possible with 64bit Debian (AMD64). While installing 10g on Debian (amd64) you need to be aware that Debian 64bit is pure 64 bit (no 32 bit libraries exist). In particular, the runInstaller GUI won't work because the Oracle Java installer needs some 32 bit libraries to run. Instead of running the GUI installer, try to use a response file and use runInstaller -silent -responsefile (A sample response file supplied by Dani is available from http://togaware.redirectme.net/sampleOracle.rsp.)