Howto configure and install Oracle on Linux

I’ve received lots mail regarding this issue. A typical question

How do I install Oracle on Redhat or Suse Linux? Howto configure Oracle along with few DBA questions.

First, Oracle goes very well with Redhat / Oracle Linux or Suse Linux. Don’t try other disto. Other distro may work but it requires some expertise. Personally I have installed Oracle on RHEL 4 and Suse Linux as well as few Debian boxes.

Installation is really easy if you follow official installation guide. I’m not going to write instructions here but following resources should help anyone:

Official Oracle-on-Linux Installation Docs

A must have for Linux admin. This page contains a collection of install guides and tips that worked best for customers as reported in the Linux Discussion Forums and OTN Installfests.
The Oracle-on-Linux Installation Menu

Oracle Linux Page

It is one of the best resource for Oracle 9/10 installation.

Installing Oracle Database XE on Debian, Ubuntu, and Kubuntu

What happens when you try to install Oracle Database XE Beta on a new Linux distribution? You learn a whole lot!

Hope this helps out.

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4 comments… add one
  • Arun Apr 27, 2007 @ 2:23

    Oracle XE on Ubuntu is pretty simple to install and use.

  • manish amin May 9, 2007 @ 8:47

    i am using SuSe 10.2 linux with desktop GNOME.
    when i doubleclick the runInstaller script it doesn’t run.When i run it from console i get the error message saying ‘…’ error.What is this library referencing.Is it for gcc compiler or Java Library.It’wasn’t problem with KDE.But due to lot’s of memory that KDE consumes i prefer GNOME.I download the 3 iso images from
    Please help me sorting out this problem and how to run DBCA after installing.Give me the list of all necessary libraries.
    Thank you

  • Harun Mar 5, 2008 @ 10:13

    you have to do ./runInstaller

    And you should have the necessary libraries also.

    Using Yast, Go to Softwares Installation > check Oracle base, Code Base , C/ C++ compilers.

    It creates a Oracle user.
    # vi /etc/passwd

    change the shell for Oracel user from false to bash.

    Reset password for oracle
    # passwd oracle

    Log off and log in with oracle

    and do ./runInstaller

  • irfan Jul 20, 2012 @ 17:27

    i am installing oracle database 10g R2 on Linux 5.1
    after all the required setting when i run the installer it return this error……

    java error exception……

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