ORACLE_HOME for grid components

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ORACLE_HOME for grid components

Postby edstevens » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:22 am

In your papers on setting up test systems under vbox, I notice that when you create the two ORACLE_HOMEs (one for db, one for grid components) you create the directories like this:

mkdir -p /u01/app/11.2.0/grid
mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_1

My question is why do you put the db home several directory levels lower than the grid home? Why would it not be

mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/grid
mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_1


mkdir -p /u01/app/11.2.0/grid
mkdir -p /u01/app/11.2.0/db_1

When you then set ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle, that puts the home for grid outside of the ORACLE_BASE structure.

What am I missing?

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Re: ORACLE_HOME for grid components

Postby Tim... » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:23 am


The optimal flexible architecture proposed by Cary millsap during his days at Oracle gave rise to this commonly used directory structure.

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later this changed to include another sub-directory for different installation of the same version.

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Back in the very early days of RAC, everything was under the same ORACLE_BASE and it was common to see this.

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Pretty soon, Oracle started to recommend that having the crs (or now grid infrastruture) under the same ORACLE_BASE was a mistake because CRS/GI needs different permission and ownership of some of the parent directories. For this reason, Oracle moved the inventory (oraInventory) our of the ORACLE_BASE and placed it one directory before.

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You often get people using completely different mount points for GI and ORACLE_HOME.


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