Oracle 11g installation on OEL 6.5

Hi guys, in this article I will show you how to install Oracle 11g software on Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5.

Please note that the steps are same for RedHat Linux!

Pre-Install Steps

Create and install OEL 6.5 on a new virtual box machine. Make sure to give proper hostname and IP addresses. In our practice, we choose

Hostname =

Allocate 2 GB RAM and 80 GB HDD to the virtual machine.

OS Pre-Requisites

Check the Linux hostname to make sure you are installing on correct machine

# hostname

Check free space on your server where you can install oracle

# df -h

Create directory location if not already available

# mkdir -p /u01 /u02

Copy downloaded files from to /u02 using winSCP

Install oracle-rdbms* package to complete OS level pre-requisites

# yum install oracle-rdbms*

The above script will create oracle user also. we need to change password for oracle user

# passwd oracle

As the directory is created via root user, give permissions and ownership to Oracle user

# chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01 /u02

Check the ownership on above folders via below command

# ls -ld /u01 /u02

Once files are copied via winSCP, unzip them one by one

# cd /u02  --> or the location where you copied files

The downloaded files from Oracle will be in zip format, let us unzip the files

# unzip <file_1>
# unzip <file_2>

If you unzip above files as root user, you need to change ownership

# cd /u02
# chown -R oracle:oinstall *

Make sure to start xming at windows level as we will use graphical interface to install oracle

Error – Package Failure

If you see 32 bit packages installation error, follow below:

yum -y install i686

yum -y install glibc-devel-2*i686*
yum -y install glibc-2*i686*
yum -y install libaio-0*i686*
yum -y install libaio-devel-0*i686*
yum -y install libgcc-4*i686*
yum -y install libstdc++-4*i686*
yum -y install compat-libstdc++-33*i686*

Note: With the above method, you can install any 32 bit RPM on any Linux machine.

Install Oracle 11g Software

Before Proceeding

  • Make sure you have unzip the software files
  • Make sure Xming is started at OS level
  • Take a fresh session in putty and login as Oracle user

Begin Installation

If you face error – “Clould not retrive local node names” then

# vi /etc/hosts
at the end of the file add below <your_machine_ip> <your_machine_hostname>


Start the run installer

# cd /u02/database
# ./runInstaller

Follow the installer and proceed with installation.

Setting Environment Variables

Get the location of ORACLE_HOME in a notepad. This is the location where you installed oracle software


Switch to oracle user at OS level if already not

# su - oracle

Check the oracle home location if software files are visible

# ls /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1

With oracle user open the .bash_profile to set variables. To come at oracle user home location, use below command

# cd
# vi .bash_profile

Add below line above the PATH variable

export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1

Also change HOME to ORACLE_HOME in PATH variable. Save and exit

Execute the .bash_prfile only once

# . .bash_profile

Check if ORACLE_HOME is set or not

# env | grep ORA

See if you are able to start sqlplus. If not, your ORACLE_HOME is set wrong

# sqlplus


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