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Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-Install RPM for Oracle Linux 6 has been released

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Note: This more recent post describes the Oracle preinstallation RPM for Oracle Database 12c: Oracle Database 12c Preinstall Steps for Oracle Linux Simplified


Now that the certification of the Oracle Database 11g R2 with Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel has been announced, we are glad to announce the availability of oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall, the Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-install RPM package (formerly known as oracle-validated). Designed specifically for Oracle Linux 6, this RPM aids in the installation of the Oracle Database.

In order to install the Oracle Database 11g R2 on Oracle Linux 6, your system needs to meet a few prerequisites, as outlined in the Linux Installation Guides. Using the Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-install RPM, you can complete most of the pre-installation configuration tasks. which is now available from the Unbreakable Linux Network, or via the Oracle Linux yum server.

The pre-install package is available for x86_64 only. Specifically, the package:

  • Causes the download and installation of various software packages and specific versions needed for database installation, with package dependencies resolved via yum
  • Creates the user oracle and the groups oinstall and dba, which are the defaults used during database installation
  • Modifies kernel parameters in /etc/sysctl.conf to change settings for shared memory, semaphores, the maximum number of file descriptors, and so on
  • Sets hard and soft shell resource limits in /etc/security/limits.conf, such as the number of open files, the number of processes, and stack size to the minimum required based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Server installation requirements
  • Sets numa=off in the kernel boot parameters for x86_64 machines
Please see the release announcement for further details and instructions. Also take a look at Ginny Henningsen's "How I Simplified Oracle Database Installation on Oracle Linux" article on the Oracle Technology Network for a general description on how to perform the installation of the Oracle Database on Oracle Linux. While the article refers to Oracle Linux 5 and the former "oracle-validated" package, the steps for Oracle Linux 6 are still very similar (we're looking into updating that article for Oracle Linux 6).

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Comments ( 19 )
  • Hans Forbrich Friday, March 30, 2012

    Fantastic news.

    Now to find out which package group will include this rpm under 6.2, so steps for a fresh install from distro can grab this right off!

  • Lenz Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Hi Hans, since 6.2 has already been released, you won't find this package in any group yet. But I agree that we should look into adding it to the default distribution and appropriate group for the next release.

  • Danny Lo Friday, April 6, 2012

    From this note, it appears that RPM oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall is available for Oracle Linux 6 only. How about Oracle Linux 4 and Oracle

    Linux 5? What RPM to apply for these two older versions? oracle-validated?

  • Lenz Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Hi Danny? Yes, for the time being, please continue to use "oracle-validated" for Oracle Linux 5 and before. The new preinstall package is designed for Oracle Linux 6 (and newer) only.

  • guest Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Guys, why not include it for non-64 bit versions as well? I can use that for a lot of my testing on 32-bit hardware...

  • sachin Thursday, May 17, 2012


    There are couple of bugs in the package

    1) It does not add line in /etc/pam.d/login file

    2) shmmax and shmall setting are hardcoded. But Oracle support preaches they need to half the size of RAM.

  • guest Monday, May 21, 2012

    Does the certification of Oracle Database 11gR2 on Oracle Linux 6 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel means only single instance database instalation that is certified?

    I try to install the Grid Infrastructure from Oracle Database 11gr2 patch 1 (11.2.0) on OL6 x86_64 with the latest kernel uek and never succeeded. It always fail when the instalation try to start ohasd.

    Will the patch 3 (11.2.3) worked ?

    Has any one done it succesfully ?

  • Lenz Monday, May 21, 2012

    Please note that Oracle Linux 6 with UEK is only certified with and higher, so you need to use the latest version. To my knowledge, a 32-bit version is not planned atm.

    @sachin: Bugs should be logged via an SR, but the package and all the settings were validated by Server Technologies, the team that develops the DB/RAC products.

  • Wira Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Hi Guys,

    I already have install the new name of oracle vaildated packaged and it's success, but when i run the oravlevm-template.sh to install oracle database there is still error "ERROR: oracle-validated not installed.

    ", and the oracle database fail to be installed.

    i use OEL 6.

    what should i do?


    Best Regards

    Wira Sanjaya

  • Nenad Bulatović Sunday, February 24, 2013

    What would be password for username "oracle" created by "oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall" ?

    According to tutorial I should login as "oracle" user and then start installation, but I don't know the default password, and I wasn't asked for it during installation of "oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall".


    Nenad Bulatović

  • guest Monday, February 25, 2013

    Hi Nenad,

    quoting from the updated article at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/servers-storage-admin/ginnydbinstallonlinux6-1845247.html:

    "Creating the user oracle and the groups oinstall (for OraInventory) and dba (for OSDBA), which are used during database installation. (For security purposes, this user has no password by default and cannot log in remotely. To enable remote login, please set a password using the passwd tool.)"

    You need to set your own password.

  • Nenad Bulatović Monday, February 25, 2013

    Thank you "guest" for your answer it is correct.

    I have one more question:

    Once when I install DB, set up listener with "netca" and create database with "dbca", how do I start DB, especially if I had to restart linux box itself? Does it autostart it's services like windows version do?



  • klebert Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    I just did a complete reinstall (stand-alone, OEL6.4, DB starting with the new OEL 6.4. The oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall package is now included in the OS release.

    The complete install was a breeze, the DB Universal Installer never complained once about pre-requisites and the is up and running without any manual tweaking of the OS in between (other than the usual /etc/init.d/network restart).

    Very nice.

    Note: You do have to select the rpm as an 'optional package' during the 6.4 install (under 'Server Tools'). It will NOT install by default.

  • guest Thursday, April 11, 2013

    This is a really nifty package. Is there an rpm pre-install package for RAC where it can create the grid OS user and asmdba,asmadmin OS group to conform with Oracle Grid Infra documentation?

  • guest Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    I an on the infrastructure rather than the Oracle side of things. OEL5 defaulted to a GUI install. OEL 6(.4) does not.

    Many usergroup workarounds abound regarding `oracle-validated` and lately `11gR2 Pre-Install`. What I have yet to find is a validated set of package groups to install.

    Is "Basic Server" + `11gR2 Pre-Install` sufficient? What about 'X' to support the Oracle Installer? Still necessary with 11g?

    Thanks in advance for further guidance.


  • Lenz Grimmer Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Yes, a "Basic Server" installation and the preinstall RPM are sufficient. You only need X if you want to perform the installation on the local graphical console. Otherwise you can use X forwarding to another desktop, or VNC to redirect the GUI installer output. Alternatively, you can use a response file and do a completely silent install.

    We're working with other product groups to provide additional preinstall RPMs.

  • guest Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Oracle Database Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Linux

    2.1.4 About the Oracle RDBMS Pre-Install and Oracle Validated RPMs

    If your Linux distribution is Oracle Linux, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and you are an Oracle Linux customer, then you can complete most preinstallation configuration tasks by using the Oracle RDBMS Server Pre-Install RPM or Oracle Validated RPM for your release ...

    So as an Oracle Linux customer please confirm I am good to download and use Package [oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall] on a new Red Hat Linux 6.2 Build

    Thank you

    Stephen Keogh

  • Lenz Grimmer Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Hi Stephen, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately the installation instructions are wrong - the Preinstall RPM only work on Oracle Linux, not RHEL (since it has a dependency on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel). I have submitted a request to get the documentation updated accordingly.

  • guest Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Hi Lenz,

    Thank you for your prompt response and confirming this is an error in the Oracle documentation. I will revert to manually installing all of the packages and set the kernel / security settings instead of using Oracle Preinstall RPM

    Thank you

    Stephen Keogh

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