Install Oracle 11gR2 on RHEL8

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First of all, I do not recommend to install Oracle 11gR2 on RHEL8, especially in the production environments.

While if you have to do such installation for test or data migration, then you could refer this post.

Last year I saw a task on Upwork to do such installation, and at the beginning I thought such thing would not be so tough and I should be able to finish it soon. To confirm I could finish it I installed RHEL8 on my VM and tried to install Oracle 11gR2 no it. I encountered several different errors and even I tried to downgrade the GCC version. I could not remember how many days I spent on it before I completed it finally.

I forgot to write down all the issues while I did upgrade my Oracle installation preparing script to support RHEL8.

In last month, I found another similar task also on Upwork and I did the same test again, and this time I finished it quite smoothly. While I still could not earn the fee as the owner did not award this task to me. :)

It is better as now I could share this experience without much concern.

Three key things should be done here:

1. Install the required packages.

if [ -f /etc/redhat-release ]; then
    if uname -a | grep 'x86_64' >/dev/null; then
        grep -E '(release 6|release 7|release 8)' /etc/redhat-release >/dev/null
        if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
            bit32=i686
            grep 'release 8' /etc/redhat-release >/dev/null && DNFOPT='--setopt=strict=0'
        else
            bit32=i386
        fi
        yum -y $DNFOPT install tar bzip2 gzip install bc nscd perl-TermReadKey unzip zip parted openssh-clients bind-utils wget nfs-utils smartmontools \
            binutils.x86_64 compat-db.x86_64 compat-libcap1.x86_64 compat-libstdc++-296.${bit32} compat-libstdc++-33.x86_64 compat-libstdc++-33.${bit32} \
            elfutils-libelf-devel.x86_64 gcc.x86_64 gcc-c++.x86_64 glibc.x86_64 glibc.${bit32} glibc-devel.x86_64 glibc-devel.${bit32} ksh.x86_64 libaio.x86_64 net-tools.x86_64 \
            libaio-devel.x86_64 libaio.${bit32} libaio-devel.${bit32} libgcc.${bit32} libgcc.x86_64 libgnome.x86_64 libgnomeui.x86_64 libstdc++.x86_64 libstdc++-devel.x86_64 \
            libstdc++.${bit32} libstdc++-devel.${bit32} libXp.${bit32} libXt.${bit32} libXtst.x86_64 libXtst.${bit32} make.x86_64 pdksh.x86_64 psmisc.x86_64 sysstat.x86_64 unixODBC.x86_64 \
            unixODBC-devel.x86_64 unixODBC.${bit32} unixODBC-devel.${bit32} xorg-x11-utils.x86_64 libnsl.x86_64
    else
        yum -y install bc nscd perl-TermReadKey unzip zip parted openssh-clients bind-utils wget nfs-utils smartmontools binutils compat-db compat-libcap1 compat-libstdc++-296 \
            compat-libstdc++-33 elfutils-libelf-devel gcc gcc-c++ glibc glibc-devel ksh libaio net-tools libaio-devel libgcc libgnome libgnomeui libstdc++ libstdc++-devel \
            libXp libXt libXtst make pdksh sysstat unixODBC unixODBC-devel xorg-x11-utils
    fi
elif [ -f /etc/SuSE-release ]; then
    if uname -a | grep 'x86_64' >/dev/null; then
        zypper -n in -l --no-recommends binutils gcc gcc48 glibc glibc-32bit glibc-devel glibc-devel-32bit \
            mksh libaio1 libaio-devel libcap1 libstdc++48-devel libstdc++48-devel-32bit libstdc++6 libstdc++6-32bit \
            libstdc++-devel libstdc++-devel-32bit libgcc_s1 libgcc_s1-32bit make sysstat xorg-x11-driver-video \
            xorg-x11-server xorg-x11-essentials xorg-x11-Xvnc xorg-x11-fonts-core xorg-x11 xorg-x11-server-extra xorg-x11-libs xorg-x11-fonts
    fi
fi

2. Add the needed library link

ln -s /lib64/libnsl.so.1 /lib64/libnsl.so 2>/dev/null

3. Downgrade the libaio* to RHEL7 version

F:\Database\rh76-libaio>dir /b
libaio-0.3.109-13.el7.i686.rpm
libaio-0.3.109-13.el7.x86_64.rpm
libaio-devel-0.3.109-13.el7.i686.rpm
libaio-devel-0.3.109-13.el7.x86_64.rpm

Then you can install Oracle 11gR2 on RHEL8 just like on RHEL7!

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