Install Oracle 11G Release 2 (11.2) on Fedora 19

This article presents how to install Oracle 11G on Fedora 19.

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Read following article howto install Fedora 19 Linux: Install Fedora 19 (for comfort set 2G memory for your virtual machine before proceeding with Oracle software installation).

Installation software is available on OTN version or metalink, In this installation I’m presenting installation for but for previous version 11.2.0.X it shouldn’t be different.

Oracle software which I verified



OS configuration and preparation

OS configuration is executed as root. To login as root just execute following command in terminal.

su - root

Add groups

--required groups
/usr/sbin/groupadd -g 501 oinstall
/usr/sbin/groupadd -g 502 dba
/usr/sbin/groupadd -g 503 oper
Add user Oracle
/usr/sbin/useradd -u 502 -g oinstall -G dba,oper oracle

Change password for user

passwd oracle
Add kernel parameters to /etc/sysctl.conf
--kernel parameters for 11g installation
kernel.shmmni = 4096 
kernel.shmmax = 4398046511104
kernel.shmall = 1073741824
kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128

fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576
fs.file-max = 6815744
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500
net.core.rmem_default = 262144
net.core.rmem_max = 4194304
net.core.wmem_default = 262144
net.core.wmem_max = 1048586

Apply kernel parameters

/sbin/sysctl -p

Add following lines to set shell limits for user oracle in file /etc/security/limits.conf

--shell limits for users oracle 11gR2
oracle   soft   nproc    131072
oracle   hard   nproc    131072
oracle   soft   nofile   131072
oracle   hard   nofile   131072
oracle   soft   core     unlimited
oracle   hard   core     unlimited
oracle   soft   memlock  50000000
oracle   hard   memlock  50000000

The “/etc/hosts” file must contain a fully qualified name for the server.

<IP-address>  <fully-qualified-machine-name>  <machine-name>

For example. fedora localhost localhost.localdomain

Modify .bash_profile for user oracle in his home directory

# Oracle Settings
export TMP=/tmp

export ORACLE_BASE=/ora01/app/oracle
export ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/11.2.0/db_1


export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib:/lib:/usr/lib;
export CLASSPATH=$ORACLE_HOME/jlib:$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/jlib;

alias cdob='cd $ORACLE_BASE'
alias cdoh='cd $ORACLE_HOME'
alias tns='cd $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin'
alias envo='env | grep ORACLE'

umask 022

Check which packages are installed and which are missing

rpm -q --qf '%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}(%{ARCH})\n' binutils \
compat-libstdc++-33 \
elfutils-libelf \
elfutils-libelf-devel \
gcc \
gcc-c++ \
glibc \
glibc-common \
glibc-devel \
glibc-headers \
ksh \
libaio \
libaio-devel \
libgcc \
libstdc++ \
libstdc++-devel \
make \
sysstat \
unixODBC \

Install missing packages. It’s just example (many in one step):

yum install unixODBC unixODBC-devel sysstat

Create directory structure

mkdir -p /ora01/app
chown oracle:oinstall /ora01/app
chmod 775 /ora01/app

create ORACLE_BASE directory for oracle

mkdir -p /ora01/app/oracle
chown oracle:oinstall /ora01/app/oracle
chmod 775 /ora01/app/oracle

Create ORACLE_HOME directory for oracle

mkdir -p /ora01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_1
chown oracle:oinstall -R /ora01/app/oracle

Disable secure linux by editing the “/etc/selinux/config” file, making sure the SELINUX flag is set as follows. It requires REBOOT to be effective !!!


Edit the “/etc/redhat-release” file replacing the current release information “Fedora release 19 (Schrödinger’s Cat)” with the following.

redhat release 5

Install database software

Let’s start with database software installation as oracle user.

su - oracle

--unizp software

--or unzip software
--I defined 4 aliases in .bash_profile of user oracle to make 
--administration heaven :)

[oracle@fedora ~]$ alias envo cdob cdoh tns
alias envo='env | grep ORACLE'
alias cdob='cd $ORACLE_BASE'
alias cdoh='cd $ORACLE_HOME'
alias tns='cd $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin'

--run alias command envo to display environment settings

--run alias command cdob and cdoh to check ORACLE_BASE, ORACLE_HOME 
[oracle@fedora ~]$ cdob
[oracle@fedora oracle]$ pwd

[oracle@fedora db_1]$ cdoh
[oracle@fedora db_1]$ pwd

--run installation

1. Uncheck checkbox “I wish to receive security updates via My Oracle Support” and then click “Next” button.

2. Ignore following message and click “Yes” button.

3. Select “Skip software updates” and click “Next” button.

4. Select “Create and configure a database” then click “Next” button.

5. Select “Server Class” then click “Next” button.

6. Select “Single instance database installation” and click “Next” button.

7. Select “Typical Install” and click “Next” button.

8. Enter database name, administration password for user and click “Next” button.

9. Just click “Next” button.

10. Check checkbox “Ignore All” to ignore this error. Then click “Next” button.

11. Just click “Yes” button to continue with installation.

12. Summary screen just before installation. Click “Install” button.

13. Boring installation …

14. I received following error during linking binaries

The fix this error edit $ORACLE_HOME/sysman/lib/, search for the line $(MK_EMAGENT_NMECTL) and replace the line with $(MK_EMAGENT_NMECTL) -lnnz11 then click “Retry” button

15. Database Configuration will start and create database for you.

16. You should see summary screen for your new database. Click “OK” button to continue with installation.

17. In the “middle” of installation you will be asked to run 2 scripts as user root. when scripts are executed just click “OK” button. Installation will proceed.

--execute scripts

18. Installation completed. Just click “Close” button.

Post installation steps

Edit the “/etc/redhat-release” file to restore original release information.

Fedora release 19 (Schrödinger's Cat)

Edit the “/etc/oratab” file to set restart flag for ORA11G to ‘Y’.


Have a fun 🙂


11 thoughts on “Install Oracle 11G Release 2 (11.2) on Fedora 19

  1. unfortunatly , prerequise ( step 10 ) failed much more than in this instruction
    and there are no packages version availabel (at least out of the box fedora19)

    • Failed much more ? What do you mean ? You can always download missing or required packages using yum install command. However pdksh can be ignored. It’s the only exception.

  2. hi, i have new problem when I install oracle 11g on fedora 19,I don’t known how to fix it, please give me a hand,thanks.
    problem 1: “Database Configuration Assistant “failed
    problem 2: “Oracle Net Configuration Assistant” failed

    • I can’t help you if you give me general informations. I’m not Harry Potter ;). You should specify in detail your problem.

  3. Hi ,

    Thank you a lot for the guide. It seems that ivs (comment on August 11, 2013 at 9:45 ) is right. Although I have installed all required packages the prerequisite check does not find them (not only at the exact version,it does not find them at all .

    By ignoring the warnings,another error happens later in link binaries stage
    “undefined reference to `memcpy@GLIBC_2.14′”
    Many users have reported this .Error details and root cause here -> .
    I am trying to find a working solution for this (before moving to Oracle Linux) .
    Have you faced a similar error? I have installed oracle 11g in Fedora many times (versions from 12 to 18) but for I cannot manage to do this in F19.

    Thank you!

  4. Really great explanation step by step.. it is really very helpful for me. thanks i am doing certification and it is great place to learn oracle database installation.

  5. thx for your guide it was very helpful to me as i’m novic linux user, my problem is after installing the DB every thing works fine, but after system restart or shutdown the server and the EM goes down and never start agien i can send you more detail about the error if u are interested in helping me.

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