Introducing the oracle-validated RPM for Oracle Linux 6

Before installing Oracle 11g on a Linux system, you need to pre-configure the operating environment since the database requires certain software packages, package versions, and tweaks to kernel parameters. (Be sure to review the appropriate Oracle Database installation guide to familiarize yourself with hardware, software, and operating system requirements.)
On Oracle Linux, I discovered that there is a remarkably easy way to address these installation prerequisites: First install an RPM package called oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall. This RPM performs a number of pre-configuration steps, including:

Note that oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall  parses the existing /etc/sysctl.conf and /etc/security/limits.conf files and updates values only as needed for database installation. Any pre-customized settings not related to database installation are left as is.

The oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall  RPM package is accessible through the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, which requires a support contract), from the Oracle Linux distribution media, or from the Oracle public yum repository. Thus, whether or not your system is registered with ULN to access Oracle patches and support, you can use oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall to simplify database installation on Oracle Linux. Keep in mind, however, that the Oracle public yum repository is not updated with security updates and bug fixes, so the best way to maintain up-to-date and secure systems is with a ULN subscription.

Installing the oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall RPM

The remainder of this article steps through the procedure that I used for installing oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall on Oracle Linux via the Oracle public yum repository. I started with a system running Oracle Linux Release 6 Update 3 for x86_64, a 64-bit version of Oracle Linux that I downloaded from the Oracle software delivery cloud (requires registration or login). First, I set up a yum configuration file that pointed to the correct repository, and then I installed the oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall RPM from that repository.

Here are the steps for pre-configuring a system for Oracle Database installation using oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall:

  1. As an authorized user (for example, root), retrieve the file that configures repository locations:
  2. # cd /etc/yum.repos.d
    # wget
  3. Using a text editor, modify the file, changing the field enabled=0 to enabled=1 to reflect repositories that correspond to the machine's operating system release.

    Here is an excerpt of public-yum-ol6.repo with the changed line in boldface.

    [ol6_latest] name=Oracle Linux $releasever Latest ($basearch) baseurl=$basearch/ gpgkey= gpgcheck=1 enabled=1 [ol6_UEK_latest] name=Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux $releasever ($basearch) baseurl=$basearch/ gpgkey= gpgcheck=1 enabled=1 . . .

    Because the target system is running Oracle Linux Release 6 Update 3 for x86_64, there are two repositories to enable, [ol6_latest] and [ol6_UEK_latest]. 

  4. Next, install the oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall RPM using the yum install command.

    The output in Listing 1 shows how the installation checks dependencies and then downloads and installs the required packages.

    Listing 1: Installing the oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall RPM

    # yum install oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit, rhnplugin, security Setting up Install Process Resolving Dependencies --> Running transaction check ---> Package oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall.x86_64 0:1.0-6.el6 will be installed --> Processing Dependency: gcc-c++ for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: gcc for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: libaio-devel for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: libstdc++-devel for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: glibc-devel for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: compat-libstdc++-33 for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: ksh for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: compat-libcap1 for package: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 --> Running transaction check ---> Package compat-libcap1.x86_64 0:1.10-1 will be installed ---> Package compat-libstdc++-33.x86_64 0:3.2.3-69.el6 will be installed ---> Package gcc.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 will be installed --> Processing Dependency: cpp = 4.4.6-4.el6 for package: gcc-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: cloog-ppl >= 0.15 for package: gcc-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 ---> Package gcc-c++.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 will be installed --> Processing Dependency: for package: gcc-c++-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 ---> Package glibc-devel.x86_64 0:2.12-1.80.el6_3.4 will be installed --> Processing Dependency: glibc-headers = 2.12-1.80.el6_3.4 for package: glibc-devel-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: glibc-headers for package: glibc-devel-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 ---> Package ksh.x86_64 0:20100621-16.el6 will be installed ---> Package libaio-devel.x86_64 0:0.3.107-10.el6 will be installed ---> Package libstdc++-devel.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 will be installed --> Running transaction check ---> Package cloog-ppl.x86_64 0:0.15.7-1.2.el6 will be installed --> Processing Dependency: for package: cloog-ppl-0.15.7-1.2.el6.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: for package: cloog-ppl-0.15.7-1.2.el6.x86_64 ---> Package cpp.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 will be installed ---> Package glibc-headers.x86_64 0:2.12-1.80.el6_3.4 will be installed --> Processing Dependency: kernel-headers >= 2.2.1 for package: glibc-headers-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: kernel-headers for package: glibc-headers-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 ---> Package mpfr.x86_64 0:2.4.1-6.el6 will be installed --> Running transaction check ---> Package kernel-uek-headers.x86_64 0:2.6.32-300.32.1.el6uek will be installed ---> Package ppl.x86_64 0:0.10.2-11.el6 will be installed --> Finished Dependency Resolution Dependencies Resolved ================================================================================ Package Arch Version Repository Size ================================================================================ Installing: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall x86_64 1.0-6.el6 ol6_latest 15 k Installing for dependencies: cloog-ppl x86_64 0.15.7-1.2.el6 ol6_latest 93 k compat-libcap1 x86_64 1.10-1 ol6_latest 17 k compat-libstdc++-33 x86_64 3.2.3-69.el6 ol6_latest 183 k cpp x86_64 4.4.6-4.el6 ol6_latest 3.7 M gcc x86_64 4.4.6-4.el6 ol6_latest 10 M gcc-c++ x86_64 4.4.6-4.el6 ol6_latest 4.7 M glibc-devel x86_64 2.12-1.80.el6_3.4 ol6_latest 970 k glibc-headers x86_64 2.12-1.80.el6_3.4 ol6_latest 600 k kernel-uek-headers x86_64 2.6.32-300.32.1.el6uek ol6_latest 713 k ksh x86_64 20100621-16.el6 ol6_latest 684 k libaio-devel x86_64 0.3.107-10.el6 ol6_latest 13 k libstdc++-devel x86_64 4.4.6-4.el6 ol6_latest 1.5 M mpfr x86_64 2.4.1-6.el6 ol6_latest 156 k ppl x86_64 0.10.2-11.el6 ol6_latest 1.3 M Transaction Summary ================================================================================ Install 15 Package(s) Total download size: 25 M Installed size: 61 M Is this ok [y/N]: Downloading Packages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total 710 kB/s | 25 MB 00:35 Running rpm_check_debug Running Transaction Test Transaction Test Succeeded Running Transaction Installing : mpfr-2.4.1-6.el6.x86_64 1/15 Installing : libstdc++-devel-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 2/15 Installing : cpp-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 3/15 Installing : ppl-0.10.2-11.el6.x86_64 4/15 Installing : cloog-ppl-0.15.7-1.2.el6.x86_64 5/15 Installing : kernel-uek-headers-2.6.32-300.32.1.el6uek.x86_64 6/15 Installing : glibc-headers-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 7/15 Installing : glibc-devel-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 8/15 Installing : gcc-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 9/15 Installing : gcc-c++-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 10/15 Installing : compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-69.el6.x86_64 11/15 Installing : libaio-devel-0.3.107-10.el6.x86_64 12/15 Installing : ksh-20100621-16.el6.x86_64 13/15 Installing : compat-libcap1-1.10-1.x86_64 14/15 Installing : oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 15/15 Verifying : gcc-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 1/15 Verifying : compat-libcap1-1.10-1.x86_64 2/15 Verifying : ksh-20100621-16.el6.x86_64 3/15 Verifying : glibc-devel-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 4/15 Verifying : libaio-devel-0.3.107-10.el6.x86_64 5/15 Verifying : oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-6.el6.x86_64 6/15 Verifying : gcc-c++-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 7/15 Verifying : glibc-headers-2.12-1.80.el6_3.4.x86_64 8/15 Verifying : libstdc++-devel-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 9/15 Verifying : compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-69.el6.x86_64 10/15 Verifying : mpfr-2.4.1-6.el6.x86_64 11/15 Verifying : kernel-uek-headers-2.6.32-300.32.1.el6uek.x86_64 12/15 Verifying : cpp-4.4.6-4.el6.x86_64 13/15 Verifying : ppl-0.10.2-11.el6.x86_64 14/15 Verifying : cloog-ppl-0.15.7-1.2.el6.x86_64 15/15 Installed: oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall.x86_64 0:1.0-6.el6 Dependency Installed: cloog-ppl.x86_64 0:0.15.7-1.2.el6 compat-libcap1.x86_64 0:1.10-1 compat-libstdc++-33.x86_64 0:3.2.3-69.el6 cpp.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 gcc.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 gcc-c++.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 glibc-devel.x86_64 0:2.12-1.80.el6_3.4 glibc-headers.x86_64 0:2.12-1.80.el6_3.4 kernel-uek-headers.x86_64 0:2.6.32-300.32.1.el6uek ksh.x86_64 0:20100621-16.el6 libaio-devel.x86_64 0:0.3.107-10.el6 libstdc++-devel.x86_64 0:4.4.6-4.el6 mpfr.x86_64 0:2.4.1-6.el6 ppl.x86_64 0:0.10.2-11.el6 Complete!

    The yum installation logs messages about kernel changes in the file /var/log/oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall/results/orakernel.log, and it makes backups of current system settings in the directory /var/log/oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall/backup..

  5. At this point, the system is ready for the installation of Oracle Database. For example, to install Oracle Database 11g Release 2, follow the directions in Chapter 4, Installing Oracle Database, of the Database Installation Guide for Linux.

    The directions instruct you to do the following:

    1. As root, create a parent directory in a file system that has sufficient space to be the target location for the downloaded files:
      # mkdir /home/OraDB11g
      # cd /home/OraDB11g

      The amount of disk space needed in the file system varies according to the specific installation type, but roughly twice the size of the zip archives, or 5 GB, is enough to house the software and data files.

    2. Into this target directory, download the installation media files from the Oracle Database Software Downloads page on Oracle Technology Network.
    3. Extract the files:
      # unzip
      # unzip 
    4. Log in as the user oracle. Change directory to the database directory and enter the following command to run the Oracle Universal Installer:
      $ cd /home/OraDB11g/database
      $ ./runInstaller 

      The Oracle Universal Installer performs a number of checks, verifying that the necessary OS packages and versions are installed. In addition, it checks kernel parameters set by the oracle-validated installation. During the kernel settings check, the Installer might flag a few settings as "failed," and you should investigate these failures. In some cases, you still might be able to continue with the database installation. If you check kernel settings in /etc/sysctl.conf, you'll see that oracle-validated recommends different settings for Oracle Database 10g than for Oracle Database 11g. If necessary, you can (as root) edit the file /etc/sysctl.conf to specify a setting manually, for example:

      # vi /etc/sysctl.conf 
      # /sbin/sysctl -p

      The Oracle Universal Installer performs additional checks, such as verifying the glibc version, sufficient disk space, environmental variable and path settings, and sufficient physical memory and swap space. Generally, installing oracle-validated takes care of the prerequisites so that you can proceed directly with installing the database.

Please note that the installer in earlier releases of 11g Release 2 ( and will show "missing package" failures; e.g. for the pdksh package. These can safely be ignored, the ksh package (which is the successor of pdksh) has already been installed by the preinstall RPM. This bug was fixed in version of the installer.

Now you can log in as the user oracle. Change directory to the database directory and enter the following command to run the Oracle Universal Installer:

$ cd /home/OraDB11g/database
$ ./runInstaller


Here are the resources referenced earlier in this document:

And here are some additional resources from the Oracle Database Documentation Library ( Relevant subsections from the Oracle Database Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Linux ( with currently valid URLs are as follows:

Also see the blog entry "Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-Install RPM for Oracle Linux 6 has been released":