How to Install Oracle Spatial and Graph on OEL 6.4


In my previous post, How to Install OEL 6.4 as a VirtualBox Guest, we got Oracle Linux up and running on VirtualBox. In this post, we continue with the Oracle database. Installing Oracle on Linux can be frustrating if you don’t do all the necessary pre-installation steps, but with the right preparation, it’s a piece of cake.


Damn it, Jim, I’m a software engineer, not a systems administrator!

This post is for developers who want to learn about Oracle Spatial and Graph. It assumes that you are comfortable using Linux and that you are familiar with RDBMS software. Many of the steps in this post are done at a Linux command prompt. This post looks long because I included all the screenshots, but in reality ,there are not that many steps to perform.

Let’s Get Started

Oracle Spatial and Graph is built into Oracle Database Enterprise Edition. It is not part of the Standard Edition. At the time of this writing Oracle 12c has not been released, so we’ll be using 11g. I’ll do an addendum post when 12c is available. Most of what you need to know about installing Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition on Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4 can be found at the following link. Take a moment to browse that article and search for some of the other installation instructions that are out there.

The remained of this post shows the steps that worked for me following the post above and other web resources.

Preparing the OS for 11g

There are a number of steps necessary to prepare for the Oracle installation, including setting up the hosts file, installing dependency libraries, adding the oracle user and group, adding directories, defining environment variables and changing the SELINUX permission. Much of this work is handled by a pre-installation package released by Oracle. If you do all the prep work correctly the database installation is straightforward. I had a few false starts because of missing some of the prerequisites described below.

Host Name

Use the hostname command to check your hostname. If you want to change it, now is the time. Whether or not you change the name, make sure that the system hostname is correctly defined in /etc/hosts/ for the loopback test during the database installation.

Edit the /etc/sysconfig/network file as the root user if you want to switch the host name   Set the HOSTNAME property to the desired name.


Be sure that the hostname is defined in the /etc/hosts file. I’m using a static IP address, so that is what I put in the hosts file. If you are using DHCP then add the host name to the first two lines instead.    localhost localhost.localdomain
::1          localhost localhost.localdomain gps11g gps11g.localdomain 

Installing Library Dependencies

There are numerous library dependencies that must be installed to support 11g on OEL 6.4. Oracle released an RPM package that takes care of these for you, as well as creates the oracle user and home directory. The RPM is documented here:

Switch to the root account and run the command below to install the preinstall package.

# su - root
# yum install oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall 

When that completes, do a full update just for good measure.

# yum update 

Assign a password to the oracle user.

# passwd oracle 

Change the secure Linux policy in /etc/selinux/config to permissive. Do not change any another setting in the file. I emphasize the point because I carelessly changed the wrong property which caused a kernel panic after I rebooted.  

# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
#     enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.
#     permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
#     disabled - No SELinux policy is loaded.
# SELINUXTYPE= can take one of these two values:
#     targeted - Targeted processes are protected,
#     mls - Multi Level Security protection.

Reboot the server after completing this change.

Install Oracle Enterprise Edition 11g

Download the two installation zip files for Oracle EE 11g:
As root, create the directory shown below, and unzip both files into that directory.

# mkdir /home/OraDB11g/
# cp [your path]/ /home/OraDB11g/ 
# cp [your path]/ /home/OraDB11g/ 
# cd /home/OraDB11g/ 
# unzip 
# unzip

Add Permission for Oracle User to xhost

Next, to avoid a common display error during the Oracle 11g installation run the following command as root.

# xhost +SI:localuser:oracle 
  localuser:oracle being added to access control list

Edit /home/oracle/.bash_profile with your preferred editor and add the following environment variables.

# Oracle Settings
TMP=/tmp; export TMP

export PATH

Switch to the oracle user and change to the OraDB11g directory to run the install.

# su - oracle
# cd /home/OraDB11g/database 
# ./runInstaller 

Once the installer opens you will be presented with the screens below. Since we are building an instance just for learning you may simply accept the default values on most screens. Leave the first-page blank unless you have an Oracle Support account.


Select the option to create and configure a database.


Choose Desktop Class on the next page.


Provide an administrative password, and accept the default values in the other fields.


Use the default inventory location.


Despite having installed the prerequisite RPM provided by Oracle, you will still be warned of missing packages. I did a little digging, and in my case, it said I was missing libaio-0.3.105, but my system had libaio-0.3.107. I selected the “Ignore All” option at the top of the page and continued.


When the summary page appears, click Save Response File to keep a record of what is being installed on your system and then continue.


Now is a good time to go get some coffee. The installation will run for awhile.


If you picked the configure database option on the second page then next you will see the configuration assistant launch. This too will run for quite awhile.


When the configure assistant finishes you will see this page showing your database SID and other information.


The final step is to switch back to root and run the two scripts shown.


The final page provides the Enterprise Manager Database Control URL.


Test the Oracle Installation

Try connecting to the database while still signed in as the user oracle using the commands shown below. Run the test query shown to pull back the database SID.

$ sqlplus / as sysdba

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Sat Jun 1 10:30:44 2013

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Connected to:
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options

SQL> select instance_name from v$instance;


SQL> exit
Disconnected from Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options

Starting Oracle

With no further changes, Oracle will not start automatically after a reboot. The example below shows how to start Oracle from SQLPLUS using the startup command. You can shutdown Oracle from SQLPLUS with the shutdown command.

# su - oracle

# sqlplus /nolog

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Sat Jun 1 13:12:36 2013

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

SQL> connect / as sysdba
Connected to an idle instance.
SQL> startup
ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area  776646656 bytes
Fixed Size            2217384 bytes
Variable Size          482347608 bytes
Database Buffers      289406976 bytes
Redo Buffers            2674688 bytes
Database mounted.
Database opened.

Automating Restart

Setting up the automatic restart of Oracle is beyond the scope of this post. Instructions can be found here:

What’s Next

In my next post, we’ll set-up SQL Developer and Oracle Map Viewer and test out some basic spatial SQL.


2 thoughts on “How to Install Oracle Spatial and Graph on OEL 6.4

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