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Bug 32725 - Cannot launch Oracle8i runInstaller
Cannot launch Oracle8i runInstaller
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: glibc (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2001-03-22 13:25 EST by mitchell mcgee
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-03-23 16:24:21 EST
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Description mitchell mcgee 2001-03-22 13:25:31 EST
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I am attempting a first-time install of Oracle8iEE release 2, version 
8.1.6.  We are running Red Hat 7, kernel 2.2.17-4smp on a duall processor 
Compaq Proliant 1600, i686.  While in GNOME I was initally able to launch 
runInstaller from the CD, however, the install would fail when attempting 
to intialize the database with ORA-03113 end-of-file on communications 
channel, which I am aware is consistent with the well documented 
incompatibility between 8i and glibc 2.2.  After applying glibc and gcc 
updates the runInstaller utillity will no longer launch.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
In an attempt to resolve the problem I applied the following upgrade 
glibc (RHBA-2000:079 [glibc-2.2-9.i686.rpm, 
glibc-devel-2.2-9.i386.rpm, glibc-profile-2.2-9.i386.rpm]} 
gcc 2.96 (RHBA-2000:132 [cpp-2.96-69.i386.rpm, gcc-2.96-69.i386.rpm, 
gcc-c++-2.96-69.i386.rpm, gcc-chill-2.96-69.i386.rpm, gcc-g77-2.96-
69.i386.rpm, gcc-java-2.96-69.i386.rpm (which also required the 
installation of libgcj-2.96-22.i386.rpm, libgcj-devel-2.96-22.i386.rpm, 
and zip-2.3-8.i386), gcc-objc-2.96-69.i386.rpm, 
libstdc++-2.96-69.i386.rpm, libstdc++-devel-2.96-69.i386.rpm])

Presumably unrelated, the following patches were also applied in response 
to Red Hat alerts:
mutt-1.2.5i-8.5.i386.rpm, nscd-2.2-9.i386.rpm, sgml-tools-1.0.7-
1.1.i386.rpm, slrn-, and slrn-pull-

I also followed the instructions from the posting on the valinux site. I 
downloaded and installed the i386-glibc2.1-linux.tar.gz and relinked gcc 
cc and ld in the /usr/bin to the members in the new /usr/i386-glic-2.1-
linux directory and removed the,, libc.a, libdl.a 
and libm.a members from /usr/lib.

Actual Results:  

After the glibc updates were applied runInstaller could no longer be 
launched from the CD (i.e. Installer Window would not come-up).

Expected Results:  runInstaller should launch the Oracle Universal 

I have also tried installing the oracle8161_tar.gz and launching 
runInstaller from the ORA8IR2 directory created under $ORA_HOME.  I have 
tried restoring the original /usr/bin and /usr/lib members, but the 
runInstaller behavior is the same.
Comment 1 mitchell mcgee 2001-03-23 16:24:16 EST
A posting from Allen Marshall (csi_rockhopper) - 01:01pm Jan 12, 2001 EDT 
( on the Red Hat Forums at
13@70.cS89aHmIpBG^0@.ee6c7c3 appears to be reporting the same problem.  
Reportedly he resolved the problem by performing a "phony" upgrade, which I am 
relunctant to do on a production box, unless it appears to be the only 
Comment 2 mitchell mcgee 2001-03-27 16:44:26 EST
A posting at technet.ora alerted me to the fact that there are known issues 
involving the glibc i686 upgrades documented on the Red Hat beta site at  Specifically, among the 
known issues "Some Java JDKs (both from Sun and IBM) don't work with the i686 
version of glibc ..."  "Additionally, the i686 version of glibc only supports 
2.4-based kernels." and "If you... need to run a 2.2-based kernel, install the 
i386 version of glibc...".  Too bad this was so hard to find.

After upgrading from glibc 2.2-9.i686 to 2.2-12.i386, runInstaller would launch 
normally.  This, in combination with the solutions posted on technet.ora 
Discussions/Linux as "Oracle 8.1.7 on Red Hat works (here's how)" and "Oracle 
8.1.7 Running on RH7.0" worked for me to get a first time installation of 
Oracle8i on Red Hat using a 2.2 kernel.
Comment 3 Allen R. Marshall 2001-04-07 16:39:56 EDT
This link also has an installation post-mortem of some interest...

Comment 4 Allen R. Marshall 2001-04-07 16:45:09 EDT
SOmething else that is bothering me - is it possible that ORacle installation is choking when running Linux-SMP ?  We have a Dell PowerEdge with 2 
CPU and I have been operating with SMP mode.  While I thought I was slavishly following my previous approach to installing Oracle on RH7, I got a new 
error not encountered in the previous trials.  I will try to post the text of the error later as a a followup, but it appeared to be something to do with cpu and 
machine references, in a c routine that references sys/types.h.  My naive suspicion is that the c subroutine, which is generated by an Ora shell script, is 
referencing SMP constants somehow, rather than singe-cpu values.  I will follow up by booting in single CPU mode and trying the installation again.
Comment 5 Allen R. Marshall 2001-04-09 21:03:51 EDT
Well, single CPU made no difference.  A Red Hat Red Herring, I guess.

The key thing to do is to install the glibc upgrade to 2.2-12.i386, which made everything work again.  Given short term memory loss on my part, I must 
have done this last time around too when this succeeded. Until I explicitly bashed this on, weird stuff happened.  Also, of course, do the valinux fix 
described elsewhere (downgrade gcc, cc, ld to glibc-2.1 and so forth)

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