This guide provides instructions about how to install and configure Oracle Database for Linux. This guide describes Optimal Flexible Architecture, Database Storage Options, and Database Configuration Options. This guide also describes installing and configuring a database using response files, globalization support, ports, and troubleshooting.

The preface contains the following topics:


This guide is intended for anyone responsible for installing Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) on Linux systems. Additional installation guides for Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Clusterware, Oracle Database Examples, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control are available on the relevant installation media.

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Command Syntax

UNIX command syntax appears in monospace font. The dollar sign ($), number sign (#), or percent sign (%) are UNIX command prompts. Do not enter them as part of the command. The following command syntax conventions are used in this guide:

Convention Description
backslash \ A backslash is the UNIX command continuation character. It is used in command examples that are too long to fit on a single line. Enter the command as displayed (with a backslash) or enter it on a single line without a backslash:
dd if=/dev/rdsk/c0t1d0s6 of=/dev/rst0 bs=10b \ 
braces { } Braces indicate required items:
.DEFINE {macro1}
brackets [ ] Brackets indicate optional items:
cvtcrt termname [outfile]
ellipses ... Ellipses indicate an arbitrary number of similar items:
CHKVAL fieldname value1 value2 ... valueN
italic Italic type indicates a variable. Substitute a value for the variable:
vertical line | A vertical line indicates a choice within braces or brackets:
FILE filesize [K|M]

Accessing Documentation

The documentation for this release includes platform-specific documentation and generic product documentation.

Platform-Specific Documentation

Platform-specific documentation includes information about installing and using Oracle products on particular platforms.

This guide contains information required to install Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) on various platforms of Linux. Ensure that you review information related to the platform on which you intend to install Oracle Database 11g.

The platform-specific documentation for this product is available in both PDF and HTML format on the product media. To access the platform-specific documentation on media:

  1. Use a web browser to open the welcome.html file in the top-level directory of the media.

  2. Platform-specific documentation is available in PDF and HTML formats in the Documentation section.

Product Documentation

Product documentation includes information about configuring, using, or administering Oracle products on any platform. The product documentation for Oracle Database 11g products is available in both HTML and PDF formats in the following locations:

Related Documentation

The related documentation for Oracle Database 11g products includes the following manuals:

For information about Oracle error messages, see Oracle Database Error Messages. Oracle error message documentation is available only in HTML. If you only have access to the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) Online Documentation Library, then you can browse the error messages by range. After you find the specific range, use your browser's "find in page" feature to locate the specific message. When connected to the Internet, you can search for a specific error message using the error message search feature of the Oracle online documentation.

Many books in the documentation set use the sample schemas of the seed database, which is installed by default when you install Oracle Database. See Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information about how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.

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See Oracle Database Release Notes for Linux for important information that was not available when this book was released. The release notes for Oracle Database is updated regularly. The most recent version is available on Oracle Technology Network at:

Typographic Conventions

The following text conventions are used in this document:

Convention Meaning
boldface Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.
italic Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.
monospace Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.