Deinstalling an ORACLE_HOME in 11gR2 DB = MORE WORK!

This is a post about using the deinstall script (it is a perl script on UNIX machines) without some testing on a non-production server. Why? It has the ability remove important database components that may still be needed for that server. Especially if you haven’t implemented database component locations as part of the Oracle Flexible Architecture (OFA) method.

I typically start up the listener in the highest-upper-level $ORACLE_HOME to service all databases for a particular server. Running the ORACLE-provided deinstall on an old decommissioned $ORACLE_HOME removed all listeners in the production $ORACLE_HOME. During the run of the deinstall script there didn’t seem to be any way around this task, I was unable to leave it blank or write in a wrong answer. So I created a bogus listener that was never going to be used for the script to remove. MORE WORK!

Specify all Single Instance listeners that are to be de-configured [LISTENER1,LISTENER2]: none

Invalid listener list [ none]. You can only specify a subset of the configured listeners.

At least one listener from the discovered listener list [LISTENER1, LISTENER2] is missing in the specified listener list [LISTENER1]. 
The Oracle home will be cleaned up, so all the listeners will not be available after deinstall. 
If you want to remove a specific listener, please use Oracle Net Configuration Assistant instead. Do you want to continue? (y|n) [n]:

Basically it requests to remove all LISTENERS (they are automatically discovered during the run) and you have to choose at least one to remove.

At least it didn’t try to remove databases that weren’t in this ORACLE_HOME.

Specify the list of database names that are configured in this Oracle home []:

Apparently there are a lot of problems (ie bugs) with the deinstall scripts so Oracle recommends not to use them. The following note verifies that the deinstall doesn’t behave as it should! So very naughty. It recommends downloading and installing yet another utility to manage things. MORE WORK! The downloaded utility is specific to ORACLE versions (ex. and operating systems, so now I have to keep more software on hand to accomplish what used to be a simple task using the ORACLE UNIVERSAL INSTALLER.  While this type of script may be useful for certain test environments that depend on extensive scripting capabilities like the deinstall tool, I am wondering how to use it safely to remove software on a production server?

One workaround would be to create a new oraInventory for each $ORACLE_HOME, then you would have to juggle multiple copies of /etc/oraInst.loc (on UNIX) to do maintenance tasks such as patching and upgrades. This would involve some local documentation on your part to keep it all straight. This would allow you to just manually remove old $ORACLE_HOME (s) along with their associated inventory when they are no longer needed. Particularly because database releases are all now required to have their own $ORACLE_HOME. MORE WORK!

How To Deinstall/Uninstall Oracle Home In 11gR2 [ID 883743.1]

“De-installation from new OUI is desupported.

When you run the deinstall command, if the central inventory (oraInventory) contains no
other registered homes besides the home that you are deconfiguring and removing, then the deinstall command removes the following files and directory contents in the Oracle base directory of the Oracle Database installation owner:”

(In other words if this is the last ORACLE_HOME it will also remove the following directories under ORACLE_BASE)….so using a single oraInventory (s)/ORACLE_HOME and the deinstall script at the same time may be counterproductive. MORE WORK!


1) External de-install utility downloadable from OTN ***Recommended method***

It is advised to use the external De-install utility that is downloadable from OTN as currently there are some open bugs with the deinstall script.”

I downloaded the zip file, checked out the readme. It points you to the documentation on the standard use of deinstall. See the following output for how it was run:

>perl deinstall
Tool is being run outside the Oracle Home, -home needs to be set.
deinstall -home <Complete path of Oracle home>
 [ -silent ]
 [ -checkonly ]
 [ -local ]
 [ -paramfile <complete path of input parameter properties file> ]
 [ -params <name1=value[ name2=value name3=value ...]> ]
 [ -o <complete path of directory for saving files> ]
 [ -tmpdir <complete path of temporary directory to use> ]
 [ -help : Type -help to get more information on each of the above options. 
perl deinstall -home ORACLE_HOME_TO_BE_REMOVED  (simplest form of using this script)
###############CHECK OPERATION SUMMARY #######################
 Oracle Home selected for de-install is: /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1
 Inventory Location where the Oracle home registered is: /u01/app/oraInventory
 Skipping Windows and .NET products configuration check
 Following Single Instance listener(s) will be de-configured: LISTENER1
 No Enterprise Manager configuration to be updated for any database(s)
 No Enterprise Manager ASM targets to update
 No Enterprise Manager listener targets to migrate
 Checking the config status for CCR
 Oracle Home exists with CCR directory, but CCR is not configured
 CCR check is finished
 Do you want to continue (y - yes, n - no)? [n]: y
########### CLEAN OPERATION START ########################
Enterprise Manager Configuration Assistant START
EMCA de-configuration trace file location: /u01/app/oraInventory/logs/emcadc_clean2012-05-08_11-03-05-AM.log
Updating Enterprise Manager ASM targets (if any)
 Updating Enterprise Manager listener targets (if any)
 Enterprise Manager Configuration Assistant END
 Database de-configuration trace file location: /u01/app/oraInventory/logs/databasedc_clean2012-05-08_11-03-51-AM.log
Network Configuration clean config START
Network de-configuration trace file location: /u01/app/oraInventory/logs/netdc_clean2012-05-08_11-03-51-AM.log
De-configuring Single Instance listener(s): LISTENER1
De-configuring listener: LISTENER1
 Stopping listener: LISTENER1
 Listener stopped successfully.
 Deleting listener: LISTENER1
 Listener deleted successfully.
 Listener de-configured successfully.
De-configuring backup files...
 Backup files de-configured successfully.
The network configuration has been cleaned up successfully.
Network Configuration clean config END
Oracle Configuration Manager clean START
 OCM clean log file location : /u01/app/oraInventory/logs//ocm_clean_2012-05-08_11-03-05-AM.log
 Oracle Configuration Manager clean END
 Removing Windows and .NET products configuration END
 Oracle Universal Installer clean START
Detach Oracle home '/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1' from the central inventory on the local node : Done
Delete directory '/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1' on the local node : Done
The Oracle Base directory '/u01/app/oracle' will not be removed on local node. The directory is in use by Oracle Home '/u01/app/oracle/agent12c/core/'.
Oracle Universal Installer cleanup was successful.
Oracle Universal Installer clean END
Oracle install clean START
Clean install operation removing temporary directory '/tmp/deinstall2012-05-08_10-58-01AM' on node 'nodename'
Oracle install clean END
############ CLEAN OPERATION END #########################
########## CLEAN OPERATION SUMMARY #######################
 Following Single Instance listener(s) were de-configured successfully: LISTENER1
 Cleaning the config for CCR
 As CCR is not configured, so skipping the cleaning of CCR configuration
 CCR clean is finished
 Skipping Windows and .NET products configuration clean
 Successfully detached Oracle home '/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1' from the central inventory on the local node.
 Successfully deleted directory '/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1' on the local node.
 Oracle Universal Installer cleanup was successful.
Oracle deinstall tool successfully cleaned up temporary directories.

Ok…I kinda left this post in nowhere land. What does a person do with the proliferation of ORACLE_HOMEs?   Detach from oraInventory will allow you to safely manually remove the ORACLE_HOME binary files to reclaim space as you need some more to install the next version!  Easy to do, scriptable and reasonably safe task.

Deinstall by Detaching ORACLE_HOME


One of the easiest ways to remove an ORACLE_HOME that is no longer needed is to just detach it from the OraInventory. This is less disruptive and faster than running the Oracle-provided deinstall tool – some personal experiences/observations related to using this utility are mentioned after the code in this section. See the following MOS Document:  How To De-install Oracle Home Using runInstaller [ID 1070610.1]


./runInstaller -silent -detachHome -invPtrLoc /etc/oraInst.loc ORACLE_HOME=”/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_2″



> u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_3″                                    <

Starting Oracle Universal Installer…


Checking swap space: must be greater than 500 MB.   Actual 35913 MB    Passed

The inventory pointer is located at /etc/oraInst.loc

The inventory is located at /u01/app/oraInventory

‘DetachHome’ was successful.




The following example is removing a client install:

./runInstaller -silent -debug -force \


FROM_LOCATION=/u03/jobsuser/patches/client/stage/products.xml \


UNIX_GROUP_NAME=jobsuser \


ORACLE_HOME=/u03/jobsuser/product/11.2/client_2 \


ORACLE_HOME_NAME=”OraClient11g_Home2″ \


ORACLE_BASE=/u03/jobsuser \




For more information see the MOS Document: Master Note For Cloning Oracle Database Server ORACLE_HOME’s Using the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) [ID 1154613.1] Another document outlining the changes for Online Patching: RDBMS Online Patching Aka Hot Patching [ID 761111.1]


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Discounts on Packt Publishing Oracle Books

Calling all High Rollers: Hit the Oracle PacktPot!

Packt Publishing prepares for COLLABORATE 12 with discounts on Oracle titles all month

As a leading publisher of Oracle books/eBooks, Packt Publishing is inviting their readers to celebrate the upcoming COLLABORATE 12 conference being held in Las Vegas from 22nd-26th April.


The COLLABORATE 12 conference covers a wide array of topics across all Oracle technologies and applications, including everything from OBIEE and Siebel, to Hyperion and E-Business Suite R12. Over 6,000 attendees are expected in Las Vegas this April for an exciting week of sessions and networking, and Packt’s offer will help any Oracle professionals make the most of the conference, whether they’re attending or just taking an interest from afar.

Packt is offering a range of exciting discounts on their 60+ titles across all areas of Oracle technology including Applications, Database and Fusion Middleware:

  • 20% off all Oracle print books
  • 30% off all Oracle eBooks
  • 10% off Oracle PacktLib subscriptions

To lend a helping hand to those in attendance or professionals who are simply excited about the buzz that the glamorous Las Vegas event will bring, Packt’s discounts apply to all of their Oracle titles and formats.

For further information on Packt’s “Oracle PacktPot” offers in March, visit

Recent Oracle publications include:

Upcoming titles due in 2012:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials R12: A Functionality Guide
  • Oracle Database 11g: Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Solutions Cookbook
  • Oracle BAM 11gR1 Handbook
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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 46,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Disabling ORACLE Reports to plug SQL Injection Attacks , Don’t do this if you still need Oracle Reports to WORK!

Posting this because I had a hard time disabling all of the reports functionality in Fusion Middleware Server…this will also work for older versions of Oracle Application Server.
Just wanted to alert people to the fact that you may have a major security hole with Oracle Reports Server.
We don’t use it at our site and it is my understanding that it is subject to SQL injection attacks.
First off I would check that Oracle Reports is not available outside your firewall or VPN access.
Once I was made aware of the possible security issue, the next step was figuring out how to disable it.
What I found was this MOS article on disabling the help menu.
How to Disable the Oracle Reports Servlet HELP Command URL? [ID 465454.1]
So…I did it quick and dirty by modifying the httpd.conf adding the code below for all of my application servers (FMW, OAS 10g, etc) and restarting all of the services. It doesn’t seem to take effect if you only restart OHS. Only thing I did different than what the article said was take out the word help so it disables (by not allowing access) to EVERYTHING reports/rwservlet.
<Location /reports/rwservlet/*>
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
NOTE: THIS WILL DISABLE ORACLE REPORTS COMPLETELY. Don’t do this if you still want Oracle Reports functionality. Contact your Oracle support team for their best practice on how to make it secure.
See:  Oracle Doc ID 856135.1 How to Deregister Standalone Reports Server 11g From OPMN And Oracle

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How to Install FMW Standalone Forms/Reports, AKA How to Get to Never Never Land

Hmmm….seems Fusion MW is Peter Panish – a child that doesn’t want to grow up.

Our team is currently using in production the FMW (RH 5) install using the Standalone Forms and Reports 32-bit version. Having encountered memory leaks with this version we are now attempting to migrate to 64-bit (RH 5).

The documentation to upgrade from to is full of links that take you from one place to another – I am flying over these docs looking for landmarks to get me to where I want to go – Never Never Land. I expect to have lots of fun with little to no consequences when I get there. But alas the following document is giving me fits! Those nasty pirates have been here first. seems to be the only ending point (at this writing it doesn’t look to have a standalone Forms Reports install available for…what if you need to stop at a different version along the way. AAGH! BDBHCJ

Following the above documentation, I assume the way to get to Never Never Land is to start with WebLogic, install FMW, verify installation, upgrade Weblogic to, install patchset. But these steps lead me elsewhere as shown by the following error on starting the WebLogic Node Manager after four successful (no errors reported) product installations.

WARNING: Uncaught exception in server FATAL Alert:HANDSHAKE_FAILURE – The handshake handler was unable to negotiate an acceptable set of security parameters. FATAL Alert:HANDSHAKE_FAILURE – The handshake handler was unable to negotiate an acceptable set of security parameters. at com.certicom.tls.interfaceimpl.TLSConnectionImpl.fireException(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.interfaceimpl.TLSConnectionImpl.fireAlertSent(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.handshake.HandshakeHandler.fireAlert(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.handshake.HandshakeHandler.fireAlert(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.handshake.HandshakeHandler.handleHandshakeMessage(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.handshake.HandshakeHandler.handleVersion2HandshakeMessages(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.MessageInterpreter.interpretContent(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.MessageInterpreter.decryptMessage(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.ReadHandler.processRecord(Unknown Source) at com.certicom.tls.record.ReadHandler.readRecord(Unknown Source) Time to talk to the

Go to the Fairies that live in Pixie Hollow to ask for help (AKA entering a Service Request on MOS).

Tinkerbell comes back with a revised install for the 64-bit Version of Standalone Forms/Reports:

Please download the following from

  • Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 (10.3.4)
  • Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports and Discoverer 11g ( (4 parts)
  • Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports and Discoverer 11g Patch Set 3 (

Order of installations

  • 1. Install 64 bit JDK – jdk-6u21-linux-x64-rpm.bin (at this writing)
  • 2. Install WLS 10.3.4
  • 3. Install but do not configure FMW
  • 4. Install FMW
  • 5. execute from the OracleHome/bin folder

I ask Tinkerbell why is her list different from the documentation from MOS Note: How to Install Fusion Middleware 11g Forms and Reports Only (Note:854117.1).

She brightly sighs, shrugs her shoulders and winks at me! ================================

JDK Install


Since we are using a 64-bit OS, we need the Sun JDK 6 64-bit.

The jdk-6u21-linux-x64-rpm.bin can be downloaded from

Verify the correct version of java is installed.

which java

/usr/java/jdk1.6.0_21/bin/java java -version

In my environment there was a symbolic link for an older version of java 1.4 in /usr/bin/java which I removed. This may not be correct for your system, talk to your system administrator about the best way to install a JDK version for system-wide use.

Also you may run out of OS-level file descriptors if left unset. On Linux I edited /etc/security/limits.conf adding the following entries:

* soft nofile 4096

* hard nofile 4096 # End of file

Again, see your System Administrator especially if you want limit the number of open files by user. The example above allows any logon to have those limits.


Install WebLogic


This is a typical installation, change the directory if desired.

Install WebLogic. Unzip the file and execute

java -Xmx1024m -jar wls1034_generic.jar

Welcome Screen

Choose Middleware Home Directory

Create a new Middleware Home – /aux/oracle/middleware

Register for Security Updates

Hit Next to bypass (this is not a mandatory step)

Choose Install Type

Select Typical

JDK Selection

Select the 1.6.0_21 version (probably already selected)

Choose Product Installation Directories

WebLogic Server – /aux/oracle/middleware/wlserver_10.3

Installation Summary


Install Forms Reports


The important thing is to install the software only at this time.

Install Forms Reports. Unzip the files and execute

cd Disk1


Specify Inventory Directory

screen Directory: /aux/oracle/oraInventory

Group name: dba (If prompted, run the as directed.)

Welcome Screen

Select Installation Type Select Install ONLY!..….you will configure using script later. Doing this method also installs all of the components but the configuration step allows you to choose which ones to configure.

Prerequisite Checks

If you receive an error like Checking for openmotif-2.2.3; not found; failed, Install the missing rpm

Specify Security Updates


Upgrade Forms Reports


Install Forms Reports patchset. Unzip the appropriate file and execute

cd Disk1 ./runInstaller


Configure Forms Reports


Execute from the $Oracle_Home/bin folder. This is a configuration tool that can be run as a GUI or command-line.

Other documents that were helpful to our team:

  • Upgrading Oracle Middleware 11g; How to Check that the Core Components are Running Successfully? [ID 1086348.1]
  • Location Of Different Forms Configuration Files in Fusion Middleware Forms and Reports, and Installations [ID 854124.1]
  • Maintain FMW 1073776.1

Disable IPV6 for WebCache

We disabled IPV6 because webcache wouldn’t start….see the instructions below.

14.5.3 Disabling IPv6 Support for Oracle Web Cache

By default, IPv6 support is enabled for Oracle Web Cache. You can disable it in the

webcache.xml file, which is located in the following directory:

(UNIX) ORACLE_INSTANCE/config/WebCache/webcache_name
(Windows) ORACLE_INSTANCE\config\WebCache\webcache_name

In the file, change the value of the IPV6 element to “NO”. For example:



If the IPV6 element does not exist in the webcache.xml file, you can add the element to the

file. Add it after the MULTIPORT element, as shown in the following example:


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100% CPU Utilization, Corrupted Password Files on FMW

We are experiencing memory leaks and high CPU utilization for Fusion Middleware (FMW) Version  that gradually builds until the server becomes completely unresponsive. The last time this happened rebooting the server did not bring up all of the FMW components.

Errors in the Browser trying to access Oracle Forms:

Failure of server APACHE bridge:
No backend server available for connection: timed out after 10 seconds or idempotent set to OFF.

Errors in the AdminServer.log for Weblogic:

####<May 3, 2011 12:26:38 PM MDT> <Warning> <DeploymentService> <AdminServer> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: ‘0’ for queue: ‘weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)’> <<anonymous>> <> <> <BEA-290014> <Invalid user name or password.>

####<May 3, 2011 12:26:38 PM MDT> <Warning> <DeploymentService> <> <AdminServer> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: ‘0’ for queue: ‘weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)’> <<anonymous>> <> <> <> <BEA-290014> <Invalid user name or password.>

####<May 3, 2011 12:26:42 PM MDT> <Error> <Configuration Management> <> <AdminServer> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: ‘0’ for queue: ‘weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)’> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <> <BEA-150035> <An attempt was made to download the configuration for the server WLS_REPORTS by the user with an invalid password.>

####<May 3, 2011 12:26:44 PM MDT> <Error> <Configuration Management> <> <AdminServer> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: ‘0’ for queue: ‘weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)’> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <> <BEA-150035> <An attempt was made to download the configuration for the server WLS_FORMS by the user with an invalid password.>

####<Apr 1, 2011 10:58:46 AM MDT> <Notice> <Security> <> <AdminServer> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: ‘4’ for queue: ‘weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)’> <<anonymous>> <> <> <> <BEA-090078> <User  in security realm myrealm has had 5 invalid login attempts, locking account for 30 minutes.>

Searching on MOS came up with two different articles:

Getting Error “User orcladmin In Security Realm Myrealm Has Had 5 Invalid Login Attempts, Locking Account For 30 Minutes.” [ID 1270253.1]

Oracle Middleware 11g – Troubleshooting the Error “Failure of server APACHE bridge” [ID 1304095.1]

Neither MOS document helped as the user was blank in the logs, what user? Notice the space after user in this section: “User  in security realm myrealm”. This is a standalone Forms/Reports install of FMW so there are very few users.

I changed the password for the WEBLOGIC admin account using the GUI Console which really didn’t help. Aha! We had created files for starting all services, somehow those were no longer working (corrupt?) I recreated them and restarted all of the services successfully.

For a more permanent fix, we are upgrading to FMW on 64bit RH 5 in a couple of weeks……I don’t recommend using 32-bit OS for FMW.

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Funny Speaker Bio ‘s

Quotes taken from speaker biographies….some of the worse or best. You be the judge. I will add to these….stay tuned.

“He works from the command line and uses vi.”

” He enjoys the latest gadgets and technology.”

” He has also spent many years developing C/C++ compilers and knows more programming languages than he has fingers. “

“____ is now ready to change the world.”

“____ was a particularly driven young man. Having been voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his high-school graduating class, he promptly moved 1000km away from home to attend the University”

“He is a focal point around the world in ….. circles” (editor note: Think visually on this one)

” Any type of major incident comes to this team.” (editor note: Another visual)

“…..hopes to, one day, complete her graduate degree in Information Systems.”

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