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“Check if the DISPLAY variable is set” error – Installing Oracle Forms from a Mac

While installing Oracle Forms and Reports 11gR2 (11.1.2.0.0)  from a Mac (OS/x Mountain Lion) the following error occurred executing the runInstaller installation script:

$ ./runInstaller

Starting Oracle Universal Installer…
Checking Temp space: must be greater than 270 MB.   Actual 40478 MB    Passed
Checking swap space: must be greater than 500 MB.   Actual 4094 MB    Passed
Checking monitor: must be configured to display at least 256 colors
    >>> Could not execute auto check for display colors using command /usr/bin/xdpyinfo. Check if the DISPLAY variable is set.    Failed <<<<
Some requirement checks failed. You must fulfill these requirements before
continuing with the installation,
Continue? (y/n) [n] y
I have a remote session from my mac using terminal.  To export the display, I typed ssh -Y user@servername.
I have upgraded my O/S to Mountain Lion a couple of days ago.  So I though that might be the cause.  I tried to manually start X11 and I received the following message:
click on the continue button and get redirected  to the following URL: About X11 and OS X Mountain Lion explaining X11 is no longer part of the O/S and that I should use XQuartz from now on.
 download and Install XQuartz and there you go!
You can now continue with the rest of the Install via the Installer GUI.
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Oracle VM

Oracle VM is now available for download.

You can read the news here.

Oracle VM Homepage.

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11g on Windows (32-bit) is out!

Thanks to OTN Headlines. I’m downloading Oracle 11g for windows at this moment.

But only the client version, since all Oracle servers I managed runs on Linux.

With the Windows client, I will be able to use cool new features like errorlogging.

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11g on Linux x86_64 is out!

This morning, I was surprised to learn that the Linux x86_64 announcement release was not in this Oracle New Downloads RSS Feed. I got aware of the news reading Niall Litchfield Blog. I guess news travels faster via the Oracle blog community! , also, I thought Oracle would have normally released 11g for other o/s prior to releasing the Linux x86_64 version. In any case, I will download this release now.

It is now available here: Oracle 11g on Linux x86_64.

I have been waiting for this release for a while since two of my databases are stuck to 32 bits as they need to send and receive data using “hsodbc” (only available for 32bit) for an ERP software.

Heterogeneous systems are quite common, and I am pretty sure that many of the enhancement requests for Generic Connectivity were focused on making them available for 64-bit platforms.
The
Metalink Note:361676.1, Is Generic Connectivity Available On The LINUX Or Windows 64-bit Platforms? , explains that Generic Connectivity will be available on Linux Red Hat 64-bit and SUSE 64-bit with 11gR1.

Another reason that makes me appreciate this new release is that I ran through several issues while trying to run Oracle with larger SGA’s on 32 bits platforms. I used RAMFS and HugePages to enable the use of 8 to 10GB of SGAs. The following links helped me in this process:

Tuning and Optimizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Oracle 9i and 10g Databases

Metalink Note: 317141.1, How to Configure RHEL 4 32-bit for Very Large Memory with ramfs and HugePages

I am hoping that “hsodbc” will work fine on 11g x86_64; I’ll keep you posted on my findings…

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Oracle Validated Configuration RPM for OEL5

In the Oracle® Database Installation Guide for 11g there was a mention of Oracle Validated Configuration RPM.

When I first installed OEL5, the RPM’s for that o/s version were not yet released.

But since Oracle has now released the oracle-validated RPM’s for OEL5 on Unbreakable Linux Network. I decided to give it a try.

I installed OEL5 with the default installation. I then registered my machine with the up2date utility.

Do not forget to register to the proper channel on Unbreakable Linux Network or the following error will happen:

[root@oracletest ~]# up2date oracle-validated

Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: el5_i386_latest…

Fetching rpm headers…
########################################

Name Version Rel
———————————————————-

The following packages you requested were not found:
oracle-validated

Once registered, I validated the channel I was registered to:

[root@oracletest db_1]# up2date –nox –show-channels
el5_i386_oracle
el5_i386_latest

Here is my installation output:

[root@oracletest ~]# up2date oracle-validated

Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: el5_i386_oracle…
########################################

Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: el5_i386_latest…

Fetching rpm headers…
########################################

Name Version Rel
———————————————————-
oracle-validated 1.0.0 3.el5 i386

Testing package set / solving RPM inter-dependencies…
########################################
compat-db-4.2.52-5.1.i386.r ########################## Done.
compat-gcc-34-3.4.6-4.i386. ########################## Done.
compat-gcc-34-c++-3.4.6-4.i ########################## Done.
compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-6 ########################## Done.
elfutils-libelf-devel-0.125 ########################## Done.
gcc-4.1.1-52.el5.2.i386.rpm ########################## Done.
gcc-c++-4.1.1-52.el5.2.i386 ########################## Done.
glibc-devel-2.5-12.i386.rpm ########################## Done.
glibc-headers-2.5-12.i386.r ########################## Done.
libXp-1.0.0-8.i386.rpm: ########################## Done.
libaio-devel-0.3.106-3.2.i3 ########################## Done.
libstdc++-devel-4.1.1-52.el ########################## Done.
oracle-validated-1.0.0-3.el ########################## Done.
sysstat-7.0.0-3.el5.i386.rp ########################## Done.
unixODBC-2.2.11-7.1.i386.rp ########################## Done.
unixODBC-devel-2.2.11-7.1.i ########################## Done.
cpp-4.1.1-52.el5.2.i386.rpm ########################## Done.
elfutils-libelf-devel-stati ########################## Done.
libgcc-4.1.1-52.el5.2.i386. ########################## Done.
libgomp-4.1.1-52.el5.2.i386 ########################## Done.
libstdc++-4.1.1-52.el5.2.i3 ########################## Done.
Preparing ########################################### [100%]

Installing…
1:libgcc ########################################### [100%]
2:libstdc++ ########################################### [100%]
3:libstdc++-devel ########################################### [100%]
4:unixODBC ########################################### [100%]
5:glibc-headers ########################################### [100%]
6:glibc-devel ########################################### [100%]
7:compat-gcc-34 ########################################### [100%]
8:compat-gcc-34-c++ ########################################### [100%]
9:unixODBC-devel ########################################### [100%]
10:compat-db ########################################### [100%]
11:compat-libstdc++-33 ########################################### [100%]
12:libgomp ########################################### [100%]
13:cpp ########################################### [100%]
14:gcc ########################################### [100%]
15:gcc-c++ ########################################### [100%]
16:sysstat ########################################### [100%]
17:libaio-devel ########################################### [100%]
18:libXp ########################################### [100%]
19:elfutils-libelf-devel ########################################### [100%]
20:oracle-validated ########################################### [100%]
21:elfutils-libelf-devel-s########################################### [100%]
The following packages were added to your selection to satisfy dependencies:

Name Version Release
————————————————————–
compat-db 4.2.52 5.1
compat-gcc-34 3.4.6 4
compat-gcc-34-c++ 3.4.6 4
compat-libstdc++-33 3.2.3 61
elfutils-libelf-devel 0.125 3.el5
gcc 4.1.1 52.el5.2
gcc-c++ 4.1.1 52.el5.2
glibc-devel 2.5 12
glibc-headers 2.5 12
libXp 1.0.0 8
libaio-devel 0.3.106 3.2
libstdc++-devel 4.1.1 52.el5.2
sysstat 7.0.0 3.el5
unixODBC 2.2.11 7.1
unixODBC-devel 2.2.11 7.1
cpp 4.1.1 52.el5.2
elfutils-libelf-devel-static 0.125 3.el5
libgcc 4.1.1 52.el5.2
libgomp 4.1.1 52.el5.2
libstdc++ 4.1.1 52.el5.2

Oracle Validated Configuration did not only install the necessary RPM’s, it also created the oracle user/group’s, along with a couple of Oracle installation’s Requirements file modifications.

I was able to see my system configuration changes with this log file:

/etc/sysconfig/oracle-validated/results/orakernel.log

Creating oracle user passed

Verifying kernel parameters as per Oracle recommendations…
fs.file-max 327679
kernel.msgmni 2878
kernel.msgmax 65536 8192
kernel.sem 250 32000 100 142
kernel.shmmni 4096
kernel.shmall 268435456 3279547
kernel.sysrq 0 1
net.core.rmem_default 262144
net.core.rmem_max 2097152
net.core.wmem_default 262144
net.core.wmem_max 262144
fs.aio-max-nr 3145728
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range 1024 65000
Setting kernel parameters as per oracle recommendations…
Altered file /etc/sysctl.conf
Original file backed up at /etc/sysctl.conf.orabackup
Verifying & setting of kernel parameters passed

Verifying oracle user OS limits as per Oracle recommendations…
oracle soft nofile 131072
oracle hard nofile 131072
oracle soft nproc 131072
oracle hard nproc 131072
oracle soft core unlimited
oracle hard core unlimited
oracle soft memlock 3500000
oracle hard memlock 3500000
Setting oracle user OS limits as per Oracle recommendations…
Altered file /etc/security/limits.conf
Original file backed up at /etc/security/limits.conf.orabackup
Verifying & setting of user limits passed

Verifying kernel boot parameters as per Oracle recommendations…
Setting kernel boot parameters as per Oracle recommendations…
Boot parameters will be effected on next reboot
Altered file /boot/grub/grub.conf
Original file backed up at /boot/grub/grub.conf.orabackup
Verifying & setting of boot parameters passed

Verifying module parameters as per Oracle recommendations…
Setting module parameters as per Oracle recommendations…
Altered file /etc/modprobe.conf
Original file backed up at /etc/modprobe.conf.orabackup
e1000 settings modified to include FlowControl=1
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.18-8.el5/kernel/drivers/char/hangcheck-timer.ko hangcheck_reboot=1
hangcheck-timer module settings modified to include hangcheck_reboot=1
Oct 2 12:01:35 oracletest ntpd[3529]: time reset -0.771217 s
Oct 2 12:05:38 oracletest ntpd[3529]: synchronized to LOCAL(0), stratum 10

Note that every modified files are backup up by the installation.

All this automation is very neat and save some time. However, some manual work still needs to be done afterwards.
The following files were not modified by the oracle-validated-1.0.0-3.el5.i386 RPM:

–/etc/pam.d/login

–/etc/profile

connected as user oracle:

–.bash_profile

Setting Shell Limits for the oracle User and Configuring the oracle User’s Environment section in the Oracle® Database Installation Guide recommend to configure those files above.

Also, Oracle 11g installer failed the Prerequisites Checks for 2 kernel parameters.

Checking operating system requirements …
Checking kernel parameters
Checking for rmem_default=4194304; rmem_default=262144. Failed <<<<
Checking for rmem_max=4194304; rmem_max=2097152. Failed <<<<

I had to manually change those 2 parameters in the /etc/sysctl.conf file.

References:

Wim Coekaerts Blog

Kevin Closson’s Oracle Blog

Oracle and Linux on OTN

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Oracle 11g Documentation

Since reading the documentation is always a good idea when a new Oracle release is out, I decided to read Oracle® Database Upgrade Guide and the Oracle® Database New Features Guide before getting into the 11g installation guide.

It is funny how I haven’t yet downloaded the new Oracle 11g database and I am already using one of its new features!

Oracle 11g now enables users to send out comments, making it faster and easier to everyone to enhance the documentation.
This new feature have also been discussed here:
IT-eye Weblog
OracleAppsLab
OTN TechBlog

While reading through the 2 guides, I used this new feature to report a couple of errors:
Oracle has responded to my user comments pretty fast:

Thank you for sending us this correction to the Oracle Database Upgrade Guide. The problem has been fixed and the correction should appear in the next revision of the book (probably in part number B28300-02).

Submitter: my_mail
Book title: Oracle Database Upgrade Guide
Part number: b28300
Release: 11g Release 1 (11.1)
Topic title: Compatibility and Interoperability
URL: http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B28359_01/server.111/b28300/compat.htm
Status: Forwarded
Submitted on: 28-AUG-07

In the Automatic Maintenance Tasks Management section, the “See Also” link was pointing to the wrong URL: http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B28359_01/server.111/b28310/repair.htm#ADMIN022

This page should have been pointing to a subsection of the Automatic Maintenance Tasks Management feature…

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Recovering Corrupted Data Blocks

Last Week, I experienced a kernel crash using Oracle 10.2.0.3 on my Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 sandbox server. There was not a single reaction from the server, I had to reboot the box by pressing the reset button.
I happened to have a backup of this sandbox database, which gave me the opportunity to perform a media recovery.

The situation was that the undo Tablespace had a corrupt block.

Here is the alert log content:

Mon Aug 20 08:54:44 2007
SMON: enabling cache recovery
Mon Aug 20 08:54:45 2007
Errors in file /opt/oracle/app/oracle/admin/orcl/udump/orcl_ora_6733.trc:
ORA-01578: ORACLE data block corrupted (file # 2, block # 9)
ORA-01110: data file 2: ‘/OraData2/oradata/orcl/undotbs01.dbf’
Mon Aug 20 08:54:45 2007
Error 1578 happened during db open, shutting down database
USER: terminating instance due to error 1578
Instance terminated by USER, pid = 6733
ORA-1092 signalled during: ALTER DATABASE OPEN…

Just when I was about to restore the whole datafile, I remembered a nice Oracle 10g feature called Block-level media recovery.

Note that this is a Enterprise Edition feature.

I had a huge load of tasks to do that particular morning and I was very happy with the time saved recovering that datafile.

Here is the RMAN output session:

RMAN> blockrecover datafile 2 block 9;
Starting blockrecover at 20-AUG-07
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: sid=156 devtype=DISK
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_2: sid=154 devtype=DISK
channel ORA_DISK_1: restoring block(s)
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying block(s) to restore from backup set
restoring blocks of datafile 00002
channel ORA_DISK_1: reading from backup piece /OraArch1/ORCL/backupset/2007_08_19/o1_mf_nnndf_BACKUP_ORCL.TO_0_3dl0ygb3_.bkp
channel ORA_DISK_1: restored block(s) from backup piece 1
piece handle=/OraArch1/ORCL/backupset/2007_08_19/o1_mf_nnndf_BACKUP_ORCL.TO_0_3dl0ygb3_.bkp tag=BACKUP_ORCL.TO_081907110003
channel ORA_DISK_1: block restore complete, elapsed time: 00:03:56
starting media recovery
media recovery complete, elapsed time: 00:00:03
Finished blockrecover at 20-AUG-07
RMAN> backup validate datafile 2;
Starting backup at 20-AUG-07
using channel ORA_DISK_1
using channel ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting compressed full datafile backupset
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying datafile(s) in backupset
input datafile fno=00002 name=/OraData2/oradata/orcl/undotbs01.dbf
channel ORA_DISK_1: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:01:35
Finished backup at 20-AUG-07

It was as easy as this ! The database is now up & running, with no further issue in this matter.

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