This appendix is organized into the following troubleshooting sections:
Oracle provides the following types of debugging mechanisms:
Automated Inventory Backups
The following sections discuss each of these mechanisms.
During the installation, Oracle Universal Installer writes a text file that contains information on:
The log of installation actions is written to a file named
installActions<date>.log, located in the
<oraInventory>\logs directory. The
oraInstall<timestamp>.out files are also created and stored in the same logs directory. The
.out files for a particular session will be named with the same timestamp.
The installation log is used for debugging purposes only. All actions, queries, everything that happens during the installation, and all modifications to the target host are logged in the file.
A sample file is shown below:
installActions2002-08-16_09-52-16-AM.log Environment variables: ORACLE_HOME = PATH = E:\OEM\bin;E:\ORACLE815\bin;C:\Program Files\Oracle\jre\1.1.7\bin;C:\ORATST\BIN CLASSPATH = C:\Program Files\Exceed.nt\hcljrcsv.zip; Username is: jdoe The installer version is 188.8.131.52.0 *** Welcome Page*** Setting value of FROM_LOCATION to E:\bootstrap\cd\Disk1\stage\products.jar Setting value of INVENTORY_LOCATION to C:\Program Files\Oracle\Inventory Setting value of UNIX_GROUP_NAME to Setting value of FROM_LOCATION to E:\bootstrap\cd\Disk1\stage\products.jar Setting value of ORACLE_HOME to E:\Universal Setting value of ORACLE_HOME_NAME to Universal *** File Locations Page*** FromLocation = FROM_LOCATION = E:\bootstrap\cd\Disk1\stage\products.jar ToLocation = ORACLE_HOME = E:\Universal ToName = ORACLE_HOME_NAME = Universal Initializing installer access setup Setting value of ORACLE_HOME to E:\Universal Setting value of ORACLE_HOME_KEY to Software\ORACLE\HOME3 Setting value of ORACLE_HOME_FOLDER to Oracle - Universal Setting value of ORACLE_HOME_SERVICE to Universal Setting value of ToplevelComp to oracle.swd, 184.108.40.206.0, >0.0, [ 912 453 615 50 601 173 467 295 87 610 198 918 913 162 2 30 21 10021 111 90 168 888 ][OH:0] Setting value of SELECTED_LANGUAGES to [en] Doing operation for installer access setup Initializing inventory setup WCCE Doing operation in inventory setup WCCE *** Available Products Page*** TopLevelComp = ToplevelComp = oracle.swd, 220.127.116.11.0, >0.0, [ 912 453 615 50 601 173 467 295 87 610 198 918 913 162 2 30 21 10021 111 90 168 888 ][OH:0] LangsSel = SELECTED_LANGUAGES = [en] Setting value of ToplevelComp to oracle.swd, 18.104.22.168.0, >0.0, [ 912 453 615 50 601 173 467 295 87 610 198 918 913 162 2 30 21 10021 111 90 168 888 ][OH:0] Setting value of DepMode to Complete Setting value of TLDepModes to Complete, *** Installation Types Page*** DepMode = DepMode = Complete TLDepModes = TLDepModes = Complete, Setting value of DepMode to Complete Setting value of PROD_HOME to E:\Universal\oracle.swd Setting value of PROD_HOME to E:\Universal\oracle.swd Setting value of PRE_REQUISITE to true Setting value of PROD_HOME to E:\Universal\oracle.swd Setting value of SHOW_COMPONENT_LOCATIONS_PAGE to true *** Component Locations Page*** ShowCompLocs = SHOW_COMPONENT_LOCATIONS_PAGE = true Entering component: oracle.swd installation *** Summary Page*** ShowSummary = SHOW_SUMMARY_PAGE = null Global Settings Source : E:\bootstrap\cd\Disk1\stage\products.jar Destination : E:\Universal
Text files are also written in the
If a problem occurs during the installation, you should look for messages with the SEVERE keyword and Java exceptions in these files.
Central Inventory Backup
Oracle Home Inventory Backup
The Central Inventory is automatically backed up whenever you execute the Oracle Universal Installer in any of the following modes:
- install (new home)
- deinstall (remove home)
The backed up directory and file are:
Central Inventory Location/ContentsXML
The backup is located here:
Central Inventory Location/backup/time stamp/
The Oracle Home Inventory is automatically backed up on an existing Oracle home whenever you execute the Oracle Universal Installer in either of the following modes:
- install (patchsets, upgrades, and one-offs)
- deinstall components (does not remove the Oracle home)
The backed up directories and files are:
The backup is located here:
Refer to the release notes for information on any Oracle Universal Installer limitations for a particular version.
The most common Oracle Universal Installer errors are listed below:
Make sure you have enough space in the default
TMP directory. Otherwise, the installation will not succeed. The amount of space required depends on the product being installed.
Note:On UNIX and Windows, Oracle Universal Installer looks for
%TMP%.If neither is set, Oracle Universal Installer will default to
/tmpon UNIX and
Make sure you have a good staging area. You may have incorrectly copied the staging area from the CD to the hard disk.
NT Services, if a service is already started
This is a blanket error catch that catches any run-time errors like
NullPointers from libraries. Check if the
temp\OraInstall\<timestamp>.err has any stack trace. You will need to call support to debug the staging area.
The following tips may help you to troubleshoot problems:
Make sure the correct version of the JRE is specified in the
If Java cannot run applications from a Sun machine on an NCD X terminal (Oracle Universal Installer does not start), remove the following file:
If you are deleting an Oracle home manually without using Oracle Universal Installer, the products remain registered with Oracle Universal Installer. You must then simulate a de-install so that all Oracle Universal Installer references are removed.
If the installation is canceled:
Products will not be registered with Oracle Universal Installer.
Some files may have been copied, depending on when you issued the cancellation.
X terminal emulators that were tested with Oracle Universal Installer are listed in the following sections.
There is a known compatibility issue that Hummingbird has identified to be a problem with Exceed. You can fix it by going into XConfig/Screen Definition/Screen 0 and changing Window Manager from "Default to Native" to "Native." See Figure C–1 to see the proper setup.
Another known issue where Exceed fails to recognize fonts is documented at the following site:
Refection X 6.2+: Select Settings/Window Manager/ Default Local Window Manager/ Reflection Window Manager. You may also have to select "X terminal desktop."
Reflection X 6.0: Select Connection/New XDMCP Connection/Connection Settings/Direct method/ type host destination and click Connect.
There is a known problem when using Tarantella to send
DISPLAY to your Windows system, for instance, when using hosted UNIX systems. The bottoms of some Oracle Universal Installer screens may appear truncated, with buttons not visible. The problem occurs only when you use an individual Tarantella terminal window so that the Oracle Universal Installer window appears alone without a broader X-windowing environment.
To work around this problem, do one of the following:
Use keyboard shortcuts to invoke these commands:
Use Alt-N for Next to move to the next screen.
On the summary page, use Alt-I to start the installation.
Use the Window Manager window in Tarantella, which displays the entire screen as if it were a UNIX monitor. Installer dialogs will appear properly in Window Manager.