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I'm having some difficulty installing Oracle 11gR2 on RHEL 6.2.

I have compiled a giant list of every single step I have taken so far. I installed RHEL 6.2 on VMware. It did its easy install automatically.

  • I selected 4GB of memory
  • Selected max size of 80GB
  • Selected two processors

The version of oracle I downloaded is Linux x86-64

I am installing this on a local machine NOT a remote machine

I followed this documentation: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/install.112/e24326/toc.htm

I bolded the steps which I was least sure about from my research:

  1. Easy installed with RHEL 6.2 for VMware
  2. Registered with Red Hat so I can get updates
  3. Reinstalled vmware-tools by pressing enter at every choice
  4. sudo yum update at the end - something about GPG key, selected y then y
  5. Checked memory requirements:

    grep MemTotal /proc/meminfo
        MemTotal: 3921368 kb
    uname -m
    grep SwapTotal /proc/meminfo
        SwapTotal: 6160376 kb
                     total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
        Mem:       3921368    2032012    1889356          0      76216    1533268
        -/+ buffers/cache:     422528    3498840
        Swap:      6160376          0    6160376
    df -h /dev/shm
        Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
        tmpfs                 1.9G  276K  1.9G   1% /dev/shm
    df -h /tmp
        Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
        /dev/sda2              73G  2.7G   67G   4% /
    df -h
        Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
        /dev/sda2              73G  2.7G   67G   4% /
        tmpfs                 1.9G  276K  1.9G   1% /dev/shm
        /dev/sda1             291M   58M  219M  21% /boot

    All looked fine to me except maybe for swap?

  6. Software requirements:

    cat /proc/version
        Linux version 2.6.32-220.el6.x86_64 (mockbuild@x86-004.build.bos.redhat.com) (gcc version 4.4.5 20110214 (Red Hat 4.4.5-6) (GCC) ) #1 SMP Wed Nov 9 08:03:13 EST 2011
    uname -r

    (same as above but whatever)

    According to the tutorial should be on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 2.6.32-71.el6.x86_64 or later.

  7. These are the versions of software I have installed:

    compat-libstdc++-33.i686 0:3.2.3-69.el6
    gcc-c++.x86_64 0:4.4.6-3.el6
    glibc-devel.i686 0:2.12-1.47.el6_2.12
    ksh.x86_64 0:20100621-12.el6_2.1
    libstdc++.i686 0:4.4.6-3.el6
    libstdc++-devel.i686 0:4.4.6-3.el6
  8. Probably screwed up here or step 9:

    /usr/sbin/groupadd oinstall
    /usr/sbin/groupadd dba (not sure why this isn't in the tutorial)
    /usr/sbin/useradd -g oinstall -G dba oracle
    passwd oracle
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep sem
    Xkernel.sem = 250   32000   32  128
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep shm
    kernel.shmmax = 68719476736
    kernel.shmall = 4294967296
    kernel.shmmni = 4096
    vm.hugetlb_shm_group = 0
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep file-max
    Xfs.file-max = 384629
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep ip_local_port_range
    Xnet.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 32768   61000
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep rmem_default
    Xnet.core.rmem_default = 124928
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep rmem_max
    Xnet.core.rmem_max = 131071
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep wmem_max
    Xnet.core.wmem_max = 131071
    /sbin/sysctl -a | grep wmem_default
    Xnet.core.wmem_default = 124928

    Here is my sysctl.conf file I only added the items that were bigger:

    # Kernel sysctl configuration file for Red Hat Linux
    # For binary values, 0 is disabled, 1 is enabled.  See sysctl(8) and
    # sysctl.conf(5) for more details.
    # Controls IP packet forwarding
    net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0
    # Controls source route verification
    net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter = 1
    # Do not accept source routing
    net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_source_route = 0
    # Controls the System Request debugging functionality of the kernel
    kernel.sysrq = 0
    # Controls whether core dumps will append the PID to the core filename.
    # Useful for debugging multi-threaded applications.
    kernel.core_uses_pid = 1
    # Controls the use of TCP syncookies
    net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1
    # Disable netfilter on bridges.
    net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables = 0
    net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables = 0
    net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-arptables = 0
    # Controls the maximum size of a message, in bytes
    kernel.msgmnb = 65536
    # Controls the default maxmimum size of a mesage queue
    kernel.msgmax = 65536
    # Controls the maximum shared segment size, in bytes
    kernel.shmmax = 68719476736
    # Controls the maximum number of shared memory segments, in pages
    kernel.shmall = 4294967296
    fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576
    fs.file-max = 6815744
    kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128
    net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500
    net.core.rmem_default = 262144
    net.core.rmem_max = 4194304
    net.core.wmem_default = 262144
    net.core.wmem_max = 1048576
    /sbin/sysctl -p
    net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0
    net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter = 1
    net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_source_route = 0
    kernel.sysrq = 0
    kernel.core_uses_pid = 1
    net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1
    error: "net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables" is an unknown key
    error: "net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables" is an unknown key
    error: "net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-arptables" is an unknown key
    kernel.msgmnb = 65536
    kernel.msgmax = 65536
    kernel.shmmax = 68719476736
    kernel.shmall = 4294967296
    fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576
    fs.file-max = 6815744
    kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128
    net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500
    net.core.rmem_default = 262144
    net.core.rmem_max = 4194304
    net.core.wmem_default = 262144
    net.core.wmem_max = 1048576

    su - oracle

    ulimit -Sn
    ulimit -Hn
    ulimit -Su
    ulimit -Hu
    ulimit -Su
    ulimit -Ss
    ulimit -Hs

    su -

    nano /etc/security/limits.conf

    (added to the end of the file):

    oracle              soft    nproc   2047
    oracle              hard    nproc   16384
    oracle              soft    nofile  1024
    oracle              hard    nofile  65536
    oracle              soft    stack   10240
    su -
    mkdir -p /app/
    chown -R oracle:oinstall /app/
    chmod -R 775 /app/

    I then exited out of the root account so now I'm back in my account chris then I:

    su - oracle
    echo $SHELL
    0022 (so it should be set already to what is necessary)

    Also from what I have read I do not need to set the DISPLAY variable because I'm installing this on the localhost.

    I then opened the .bash_profile of Oracle and changed it to the following:

    # .bash_profile
    # Get the aliases and functions
    if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
            . ~/.bashrc

User specific environment and startup programs:

PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin; export PATH

I then shutdown the virtual machine shared my desktop folder from my Windows 7 then turned back on the virtual machine logged in as chris opened up a terminal then:

su - 

For some reason the shared folder didn't appear so I reinstalled VMware Tools again and restarted, then the same as before:

su - 

cp -R linux_oracle/database /db; chown -R oracle:oinstall /db; chmod -R 775 /db; ll /db
drwxrwxr-x. 8 oracle oinstall 4096 Jun  5 06:20 database

su - oracle
cd /db/database


Starting Oracle Universal Installer...

Checking Temp space: must be greater than 80 MB.   Actual 65646 MB    Passed
Checking swap space: must be greater than 150 MB.   Actual 6015 MB    Passed
Checking monitor: must be configured to display at least 256 colors.    Actual 16777216    Passed
Preparing to launch Oracle Universal Installer from /tmp/OraInstall2012-06-05_06-47-12AM. Please wait ...[oracle@localhost database]$ Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: /tmp/OraInstall2012-06-05_06-47-12AM/jdk/jre/lib/i386/xawt/libmawt.so: libXext.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    at java.lang.ClassLoader$NativeLibrary.load(Native Method)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary0(ClassLoader.java:1751)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary(ClassLoader.java:1647)
    at java.lang.Runtime.load0(Runtime.java:769)
    at java.lang.System.load(System.java:968)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader$NativeLibrary.load(Native Method)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary0(ClassLoader.java:1751)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary(ClassLoader.java:1668)
    at java.lang.Runtime.loadLibrary0(Runtime.java:822)
    at java.lang.System.loadLibrary(System.java:993)
    at sun.security.action.LoadLibraryAction.run(LoadLibraryAction.java:50)
    at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
    at java.awt.Toolkit.loadLibraries(Toolkit.java:1509)
    at java.awt.Toolkit.<clinit>(Toolkit.java:1530)
    at com.jgoodies.looks.LookUtils.isLowResolution(Unknown Source)
    at com.jgoodies.looks.LookUtils.<clinit>(Unknown Source)
    at com.jgoodies.looks.plastic.PlasticLookAndFeel.<clinit>(PlasticLookAndFeel.java:122)
    at java.lang.Class.forName0(Native Method)
    at java.lang.Class.forName(Class.java:242)
    at javax.swing.SwingUtilities.loadSystemClass(SwingUtilities.java:1783)
    at javax.swing.UIManager.setLookAndFeel(UIManager.java:480)
    at oracle.install.commons.util.Application.startup(Application.java:758)
    at oracle.install.commons.flow.FlowApplication.startup(FlowApplication.java:164)
    at oracle.install.commons.flow.FlowApplication.startup(FlowApplication.java:181)
    at oracle.install.commons.base.driver.common.Installer.startup(Installer.java:265)
    at oracle.install.ivw.db.driver.DBInstaller.startup(DBInstaller.java:114)
    **at oracle.install.ivw.db.driver.DBInstaller.main(DBInstaller.java:132)
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In the future pease format your question so it can be read more easily. –  Bram Jun 7 '12 at 10:07

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When you run into these kind of problem yum whatprovides is the answer:

$ sudo yum whatprovides libXext.so.6
Loaded plugins: protect-packages, protectbase, rhnplugin, security
0 packages excluded due to repository protections
libXext-1.0.1-2.1.i386 : X.Org X11 libXext runtime library
Repo        : rhel-x86_64-server-5
Matched from:
Other       : libXext.so.6

libXext-1.0.1-2.1.i386 : X.Org X11 libXext runtime library
Repo        : installed
Matched from:
Other       : Provides-match: libXext.so.6

So you need to install libXext.

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Have you started installation from root or oracle user? I think it is display related error... and if you will logout from root and login with oracle user and then trying to install may resolve this error.

Please don't do su - oracle, totally logout from root and login as a oracle user. error will be resolved.

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