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Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1) Installation On Fedora 9 (F9)

This article describes the installation of Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1) on Fedora 9 (F9). The article is based on a server installation with a minimum of 2G swap, secure Linux disabled and the following package groups installed.

An example of this type of Linux installation can be seen here. Alternative installations may require more packages to be loaded, in addition to the ones listed below.

Download Software

Download the following software.

Unpack Files

Unzip the files.

unzip linux_11gR1_database.zip

You should now have a single directory called "database" containing installation files.

Hosts File

The "/etc/hosts" file must contain a fully qualified name for the server.

<IP-address>  <fully-qualified-machine-name>  <machine-name>

Set Kernel Parameters

Oracle recommend the following minimum parameter settings.

kernel.shmall = 2097152
kernel.shmmax = 2147483648 # Smallest of -> (Half the size of the physical memory) or (4GB - 1 byte)
kernel.shmmni = 4096
# semaphores: semmsl, semmns, semopm, semmni
kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128
fs.file-max = 65536 # 512 * PROCESSES
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024 65000

The current values can be tested using the following command.

/sbin/sysctl -a | grep <param-name>

For Fedora 9, the following lines should be appended to the "/etc/sysctl.conf" file.

kernel.shmall = 2097152
kernel.shmmax = 2147483648
kernel.shmmni = 4096
# semaphores: semmsl, semmns, semopm, semmni
kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024 65000

Run the following command to change the current kernel parameters.

/sbin/sysctl -p

Add the following lines to the "/etc/security/limits.conf" file.

oracle              soft    nproc   2047
oracle              hard    nproc   16384
oracle              soft    nofile  1024
oracle              hard    nofile  65536

Add the following line to the "/etc/pam.d/login" file, if it does not already exist.

session    required     pam_limits.so

Start the Firewall administration dialog (System > Administration > Firewall). Click the "Disable" button followed by the apply button on the toolbar, then close the dialog.

Disable secure linux by editing the "/etc/selinux/config" file, making sure the SELINUX flag is set as follows, then reboot the server.


Alternatively, this alteration can be done using the GUI tool (System > Administration > SELinux Management). Set the "System Default Enforcing Mode" to "Disabled", agree to the confirmation dialog and reboot the system.


Install the following packages.

# From Fedora 9 DVD
# Should already be installed if you
# selected the recommended package groups.
cd /media/cdrom/Packages
rpm -Uvh binutils-2.*
rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-0.*
rpm -Uvh glibc-2.*
rpm -Uvh glibc-common-2.*
rpm -Uvh libgcc-4.*
rpm -Uvh libstdc++-4.*
rpm -Uvh make-3.*
rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-0.*
rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.*
rpm -Uvh gcc-4.*
rpm -Uvh gcc-c++-4.*
rpm -Uvh libstdc++-devel-4.*
rpm -Uvh unixODBC-2.*
cd /

# Not available on Fedora 9 DVD, but available from standard yum repository.
yum install libaio libaio-devel
yum install unixODBC-devel
yum install sysstat
yum install compat-libstdc++

Create the new groups and users.

groupadd oinstall
groupadd dba
groupadd oper
groupadd asmadmin

useradd -g oinstall -G dba,oper,asmadmin oracle
passwd oracle

Note. We are not going to use the "asmadmin" group, since this installation will not use ASM.

Create the directories in which the Oracle software will be installed.

mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/product/11.1.0/db_1
chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01
chmod -R 775 /u01

Login as root and issue the following command.

xhost +<machine-name>

Edit the "/etc/redhat-release" file replacing the current release information (Fedora release 9 (Sulphur)) with the following.

redhat release 5

Login as the oracle user and add the following lines at the end of the ".bash_profile" file.

# Oracle Settings
TMP=/tmp; export TMP

ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle; export ORACLE_BASE
ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/11.1.0/db_1; export ORACLE_HOME
PATH=/usr/sbin:$PATH; export PATH


if [ $USER = "oracle" ]; then
  if [ $SHELL = "/bin/ksh" ]; then
    ulimit -p 16384
    ulimit -n 65536
    ulimit -u 16384 -n 65536


Log into the oracle user. If you are using X emulation then set the DISPLAY environmental variable.

DISPLAY=<machine-name>:0.0; export DISPLAY

Start the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) by issuing the following command in the database directory.


During the installation enter the appropriate ORACLE_HOME and name then continue installation. Some of the prerequisite checks will not complete due to this not being a supported Linux distribution. Check each of these prerequisites to set them to "User Verified" then you can proceed. For a more detailed look at the installation process, click on the links below to see screen shots of each stage.

  1. Select Installation Method
  2. Specify Inventory Directory and Credentials
  3. Select Installation Type
  4. Install Location
  5. Product-Specific Prerequisite Checks
  6. Select Configuration Option
  7. Select Database Configuration
  8. Specify Database Configuration Options
  9. Specify Database Configuration Details
  10. Select Database Management Option
  11. Specify Database Storage Option
  12. Specify Backup and Recovery Options
  13. Specify Database Schema Passwords
  14. Oracle Configuration Manager Registration
  15. Summary
  16. Install
  17. Configuration Assistants
  18. Database Configuration Assistant
  19. DatabaseConfiguration Assistant Summary
  20. Execute Configuration Scripts
  21. End of Installation
  22. OEM Database Control Login
  23. OEM Database Control

Post Installation

Edit the "/etc/redhat-release" file restoring the original release information.

Fedora release 9 (Sulphur)

Edit the "/etc/oratab" file setting the restart flag for each instance to 'Y'.


For more information see:

Hope this helps. Regards Tim...

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