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Once the kernel has been properly baseline-tuned, you need to examine the available disk assets and determine which will be used for Oracle. On UNIX or Linux, you (or the system administrator) will need to create mount points to structure the Oracle file systems the way you want. On other systems, such as NT or W2K, you will need to allocate directories for use by Oracle.

Following the disk asset setup, you are ready to install Oracle. This is usually accomplished from one of two possible sources: either you have a distribution CD set or you have downloaded the compressed image files from the or Oracle store Web sites.

If you have the distribution CD set, you simply mount the first CD in the CD-ROM drive and use the appropriate command to execute the runInstaller program. The runInstaller program on the UNIX systems will normally be located in the install/os_typ directory on the CD-ROM, where the os_type is the name of the operating system (such as Sun or Linux) and may include a version designation. Do not, on UNIX systems, use the "cd" command to place your user in the top level of the CD-ROM directory structure. The Oracle and Oracle8i (starting with 8.1.7) installation involves multiple CD-ROMs, if you are located in the top-level directory when you launch the runInstaller program, it will lock this directory and you will not be able to unmount the CD-ROM to change to the second or third CDs as requested by the installation procedure. Instead, stay in the Oracle users home directory and simply issue the full path command to run the installer, for example:

This is an excerpt by Mike Ault’s book “Oracle Administration & Management”.  If you want more current Oracle tips by Mike Ault, check out his new book “Mike Ault’s Oracle Internals Monitoring & Tuning Scripts” or Ault’s Oracle Scripts Download.




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