This guide provides platform-specific information about administering and configuring Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) on the following platforms:

  • IBM AIX on POWER Systems

  • HP-UX

  • Linux

  • Oracle Solaris

This guide supplements the Oracle Database Administrator's Guide.


This guide is intended for anyone responsible for administering and configuring Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2). If you are configuring Oracle RAC, then refer to Oracle Real Application Clusters Administration and Deployment Guide.

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Related Documentation

Refer to the appropriate section for a list of platform specific Oracle Database 11g documentation:

IBM AIX on POWER Systems Documentation

HP-UX Documentation

Linux Documentation

Oracle Solaris Documentation

For important information that was not available when this book was released, refer to the release notes for the platform. The release notes for Oracle Database are updated regularly. You can get the most recent version from the following URL:


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.

Command Syntax

UNIX command syntax appears in monospace font. The dollar character ($), number sign (#), or percent character (%) 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]


The names of some UNIX operating systems have been shortened in this guide. These are:

Operating System Abbreviated Name

HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
HP-UX Itanium

Note: Where the information for HP-UX is different on a particular architecture, this is noted in the text.

Linux x86
Linux x86-64
IBM: Linux on System z

Note: Where the information for Linux is different on a particular architecture, this is noted in the text.

Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-Bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)

Note: Where the information for Solaris is different on a particular architecture, this is noted in the text.

Accessing Documentation

The documentation for this release includes platform-specific documentation and generic product documentation. Platform-specific documentation includes information about installing, configuring, and using Oracle products on a particular platform. The documentation is available in Adobe portable document format (PDF) and HTML format.

To access the platform-specific documentation on installation media, use a Web browser to open the welcome.html file in the top-level directory.

All Oracle documentation is available at the following URL:


Platform-specific documentation is current at the time of release. For the latest information, Oracle recommends you to go to Oracle Technology Network Web site.