I'm a big fan of what I call cookbooks. Cookbooks are step-by-step directions that if followed, will yield the desired result. In fact, most of my cookbooks are copy & past enabled so that you copy a command from the cookbook and paste it into your window to execute the command. I insist my people use these established methods where available and I get pretty ticked off when they waste a lot of time trying to figure out what has already been learned.
I've installed Oracle on Linux about 50 times over the past few months. After the second succesfull install, I created a cookbook for both 9i and 10g. If followed exactly, any DBA will be able to install Oracle correctly in my environment. I created the cookbook and I know it like the back of my hand. I don't need no stinkin cookbook and proceeded to do a fresh install of 188.8.131.52 when the installer hangs at 18% linking naeet.o.
"Hmm, must be somthing wrong with Linux", I thought to myself.
I checked that the correct versions of gcc and g++ were in my path. I knew I set LD_ASSUME_KERNEL so I didn't have to check that. Then I looked at metlink and found a note that said my LD_ASSUME_KERNEL had to be 2.4.19, which I already knew I set, so that couldn't be it.
I poked around at some other things before going back to my cookbook.
Kernel parameters, check.
ORACLE_HOME set, check.
LD_ASSUME_KERNEL, I know I set that, skip it.
Correct version of gcc and g++, check.
Reran the installer and it hung again at 18%.
The only thing I didn't double check was LD_ASSUME_KERNEL. So I see what's in the environment variable, and lo and behold, it's not set. Seems I set LD_ASSUMEKERNEL instead of LD_ASSUME_KERNEL.
I've sent a stern email to myself about not following process. If I do it again, I'll be fired.
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