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I am using AIX 5.3, after I login as an Oracle user, I got a prompt to ask me to give the oracle home directory. If I manually type in ". .profile", it would work.

My AIX team has built this new LPART for me, so I am wondering if there is a setting in AIX that cuased this error.

Thanks so much for your responses!

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what's your shell? as stated in /etc/passwd – Rich Homolka Oct 22 '12 at 22:31
it is a korn shell: oracle:!:500:1002:Oracle:/home/oracle:/usr/bin/ksh – Dave Oct 24 '12 at 18:12

How are you logging in as the Oracle user?

If you are using 'su oracle' you should issue 'su - oracle'

That will create a new shell and load .profile.

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