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Journal IO ERROR's Journal: Oracle on Gentoo Linux 4

How to install Oracle 10g on Gentoo Linux:
  1. Create a file /etc/redhat-release as root which contains:
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 ()
  2. Run the Oracle Universal Installer you downloaded and extracted from ship.db.cpio.gz. It will be fooled into thinking you're on a Red Hat system and will install without complaint. Be sure to follow the directions carefully!
  3. At the end of the install, it will ask you to run a script. You need to edit this script before you run it, find the two lines where it runs $LNS to create two symlinks in the /etc/rc.d/init.d directories (which you don't have on gentoo) and delete those lines. Then run the script.
  4. You'll have to write your own init.d scripts to start up the database, but they aren't too hard. If you want a copy of the scripts I wrote, let me know.
  5. Install Oracle Client, Cluster Ready Services, etc., the same way according to Oracle's directions.

Finally, you need a metric ton of RAM and disk to run this puppy. Count on needing at least 1GB of RAM and 5GB of disk, and that's before you make any databases.

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  • I assume from this that you use gentoo in a production environment, does it show any real performance boot over precompliled distros?
    • Actually I don't use it in a production environment (yet) as gentoo's idea of change management is to just throw the latest software at you. :) But I am using it on my own workstation (and laptop!) where it doesn't matter much. Good thing this laptop has 1GB of RAM. As for performance boost, yes there is one, and it's quite noticeable. I've never measured it, but I'd estimate it's 10-15% faster than RHEL 3 was. I've also installed kernel 2.6 and gotten maybe another 5-10% estimated boost in speed.
  • Nice man! I suppose it will also work in Debian, won't it? If you could provide more details, that would be cool. Bye!
    • I don't see why it wouldn't work in Debian. Why don't you go try it out and see what happens? I think there's enough detail in my post for anybody familiar with Oracle to do the install, and anybody that isn't familiar can muddle through it by reading the installation instructions. (Forget the quick install, read the LONG install document. Trust me on this.)

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