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Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) Installation On Fedora 16 (F16)

Do not install Oracle on Fedora before reading this!

This article describes the installation of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) 64-bit on Fedora 16 (F16) 64-bit. The article is based on a server installation with a minimum of 2G swap and secure Linux disabled. An example of this type of Linux installation can be seen here. The installation should also include the following package groups:

Variations on this installation may require additional steps for the Oracle installation to complete successfully.

Download Software

Download the following software:

Unpack Files

Unzip the files.

unzip linux.x64_11gR2_database_1of2.zip
unzip linux.x64_11gR2_database_2of2.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>

For example.       localhost.localdomain  localhost   fedora16.localdomain  fedora16

Set Kernel Parameters

Oracle recommend the following minimum parameter settings.

fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576
fs.file-max = 6815744
kernel.shmall = 2097152
kernel.shmmax = 536870912
kernel.shmmni = 4096
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 = 1048586

The current values can be tested using the following command.

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

Add or amend the following lines in the "/etc/sysctl.conf" file.

fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576
fs.file-max = 6815744
kernel.shmall = 2097152
kernel.shmmax = 536870912
kernel.shmmni = 4096
# semaphores: semmsl, semmns, semopm, semmni
kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500

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

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


If SELinux is disabled after installation, the server will need a reboot for the change to take effect.


If you have installed the suggested package groups during the installation, the majority of the necessary packages will already be installed. The following packages are listed as required, including the 32-bit version of some of the packages. The commented out packages should be installed already.

#yum install binutils
#yum install compat-libstdc++-33
yum install compat-libstdc++-33.i686
#yum install elfutils-libelf
yum install elfutils-libelf-devel
#yum install gcc
#yum install gcc-c++
#yum install glibc
#yum install glibc.i686
#yum install glibc-common
#yum install glibc-devel
#yum install glibc-headers
yum install glibc-devel.i686
yum install ksh
yum install libaio
yum install libaio.i686
yum install libaio-devel
yum install libaio-devel.i686
#yum install libgcc
#yum install libgcc.i686
#yum install libstdc++
yum install libstdc++.i686
#yum install libstdc++-devel
#yum install make
#yum install numactl
yum install numactl-devel
yum install sysstat
yum install unixODBC
yum install unixODBC.i686
yum install unixODBC-devel
yum install unixODBC-devel.i686

Create the new groups and users.

groupadd oinstall
groupadd dba
groupadd oper
groupadd asmadmin

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

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/11.2.0/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 16 (Verne)" 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_HOSTNAME=fedora16.localdomain; export ORACLE_HOSTNAME
ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle; export ORACLE_BASE
ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/11.2.0/db_1; export ORACLE_HOME
PATH=/usr/sbin:$PATH; export PATH



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.


Proceed with the installation of your choice. You can see type of installation I performed by clicking on the links below to see screen shots of each stage. Note. The prerequisites checks will show the "pdksh" package as missing, but this can be ignored as we have installed the "ksh" package. The emagent will fail to link and produce an error message. When this happens, click the "Continue" button and the installation will complete.

  1. Configure Security Updates
  2. Select Install Option
  3. System Class
  4. Node Selection
  5. Select Install Type
  6. Typical Install Configuration
  7. Create Inventory
  8. Perform Prerequisite Checks
  9. Summary
  10. Install Product
  11. Database Configuration Assistant
  12. Database Configuration Assistant 2
  13. Execute Configuration Scripts
  14. Finish

Post Installation

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

Fedora release 16 (Verne)

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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