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As usual this thing cannot do what most other software can, without trouble. But that is because it costs an arm and a leg, obviously. So, if you really cannot use the excellent PostgreSQL database - here goes...

Download software

Install packages:

sudo apt install libc6-i386
sudo apt install gcc-multilib g++-multilib libc6-dev-i386 libstdc++6:i386
sudo apt install alien autoconf automake autotools-dev elfutils rpm rpm-common
sudo apt install build-essential debhelper expat gawk gsfonts-x11 html2text sysstat
sudo apt install unixodbc unixodbc-dev doxygen ksh openssh-server pax perl-doc rlwrap
sudo apt install lsb lsb-core zlibc
sudo apt install lib32z1-dev lib32ncurses5 libaio1 libaio-dev
sudo apt install libelf-dev libodbcinstq4-1 libpth-dev libpthread-stubs0-dev libpthread-workqueue0 libpthread-workqueue-dev
sudo apt-get install libtiff5-dev libzthread-dev libqt4-opengl:i386 libodbcinstq4-1:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386
sudo apt-get install -s cabextract
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install wimtools libwim-dev
sudo apt install -s libbz2-dev:i386

Create soft links:

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/basename /bin/basename
sudo ln -s bin/bash /usr/bin/bash
sudo ln -sf /bin/bash /bin/sh
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/rpm /bin/rpm
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/awk /bin/awk
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/lib64
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /lib64/
sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /lib64/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libpthread_nonshared.a /usr/lib/libpthread_nonshared.a
sudo ln -s /lib/lsb/init-functions /etc/init.d/functions

And some more for programs:

if [ -z "$BASH_VERSION" -o -n "$ORALD_USE_GCC" ] ; then
  exec gcc "$@"
  exit 1

Change the link options in bin/orald:

add the -no-pie option to gcc in here:

if [ -z "$BASH_VERSION" -o -n "$ORALD_USE_GCC" ] ; then
  exec gcc -no-pie "$@"
  exit 1

The proper option is -no-pie with a SINGLE dash before it! Having two dashes does not seem to report an error but the option does not work!!

Now start the installer and run it WITHOUT creating a database.

After a while you will get link errors. At that time edit then execute the following script:


# Change the path below to point to your installation
export $ORACLE_HOME=/opt/oracle/12cr2

sudo ln -s $ORACLE_HOME/lib/ /usr/lib
sudo ln -s $ORACLE_HOME/lib/ /usr/lib

cp $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/ $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/ins_rdbms.bkp
cp $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/ $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/env_rdbms.bkp

sed -i 's/\$(ORAPWD_LINKLINE)/\$(ORAPWD_LINKLINE) -lnnz12/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(HSOTS_LINKLINE)/\$(HSOTS_LINKLINE) -lagtsh/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(EXTPROC_LINKLINE)/\$(EXTPROC_LINKLINE) -lagtsh/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(OPT) \$(HSOTSMAI)/\$(OPT) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(HSOTSMAI)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(OPT) \$(HSDEPMAI)/\$(OPT) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(HSDEPMAI)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(OPT) \$(EXTPMAI)/\$(OPT) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(EXTPMAI)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/^\(TNSLSNR_LINKLINE.*\$(TNSLSNR_OFILES)\) \(\$(LINKTTLIBS)\)/\1 -Wl,--no-as-needed \2/g' $ORACLE_HOME/network/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(SPOBJS) \$(LLIBSERVER)/\$(SPOBJS) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(LLIBSERVER)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(S0MAIN) \$(SSKFEDED)/\$(S0MAIN) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(SSKFEDED)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(S0MAIN) \$(SSKFODED)/\$(S0MAIN) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(SSKFODED)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(S0MAIN) \$(SSKFNDGED)/\$(S0MAIN) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(SSKFNDGED)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$(S0MAIN) \$(SSKFMUED)/\$(S0MAIN) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(SSKFMUED)/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/^\(ORACLE_LINKLINE.*\$(ORACLE_LINKER)\) \($(PL_FLAGS)\)/\1 -Wl,--no-as-needed \2/g' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/\$LD \$LD_RUNTIME/$LD -Wl,--no-as-needed \$LD_RUNTIME/' $ORACLE_HOME/bin/genorasdksh
sed -i 's/\$(GETCRSHOME_OBJ1) \$(OCRLIBS_DEFAULT)/\$(GETCRSHOME_OBJ1) -Wl,--no-as-needed \$(OCRLIBS_DEFAULT)/' $ORACLE_HOME/srvm/lib/

sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/crs/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/odbc/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/precomp/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/srvm/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/network/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/ldap/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/ord/im/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/plsql/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/ctx/lib/;
sed -i 's/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--disable-new-dtags/LDDISABLENEWDTAGS=-Wl,--no-as-needed,--disable-new-dtags/' $ORACLE_HOME/sqlplus/lib/;

Press the "retry" button on the installer which should at least let the installation complete.

But the resulting Oracle installation will not be able to start an instance: startup nomount will hang with a deadlocked Oracle BEQ process which shows a stack trace similar to this:

#0  __lll_lock_wait_private () at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/x86_64/lowlevellock.S:95
#1  0x00007fadc7f99376 in __tz_convert (timer=0x7fadc82b2c20 <tzset_lock>, use_localtime=1, tp=0x7fadc7437870) at tzset.c:579
#2  0x0000000010cd2fd6 in localtime_r ()
#3  0x0000000003e01f5f in slsstdts ()
#4  0x0000000003e01dbd in slsstdtscond ()
#5  0x0000000002d366fb in dbktWriteTimestampWCdbInfo ()
#6  0x0000000002a43917 in ssexhd ()
#7  0x00000000036c638f in sslssSynchHdlr ()
#8  0x00000000036c6086 in sslsshandler ()
#9  <signal handler called>
#10 0x00007fadc7f985e6 in update_vars () at tzset.c:132
#11 __tzset_parse_tz (tz=<optimized out>) at tzset.c:363
#12 0x00007fadc7f9ac60 in __tzfile_compute (timer=<optimized out>, use_localtime=use_localtime@entry=1, 
    leap_correct=leap_correct@entry=0x7ffcf45fd9b0, leap_hit=leap_hit@entry=0x7ffcf45fd9ac, tp=tp@entry=0x7ffcf45fdaa0) at tzfile.c:684
#13 0x00007fadc7f9951e in __tz_convert (timer=timer@entry=0x7ffcf45fda88, use_localtime=use_localtime@entry=1, 
    tp=tp@entry=0x7ffcf45fdaa0) at tzset.c:587
#14 0x00007fadc7f9657d in __localtime_r (t=t@entry=0x7ffcf45fda88, tp=tp@entry=0x7ffcf45fdaa0) at localtime.c:30
#15 0x00007fadc7f971dc in ranged_convert (tp=0x7ffcf45fdaa0, t=0x7ffcf45fda88, convert=<optimized out>) at mktime.c:310
#16 __mktime_internal (offset=0x7fadc82b2b98 <localtime_offset>, convert=<optimized out>, tp=0x7ffcf45fdb60) at mktime.c:478
#17 __GI_mktime (tp=0x7ffcf45fdb60) at mktime.c:591
#18 0x0000000003e02271 in slclts ()
#19 0x00000000029d6d7b in kzxslNotifier ()
#20 0x0000000003295609 in kscnfy ()
#21 0x0000000000f8cb02 in ksmcsg ()
#22 0x0000000001e73b26 in opistr_real ()
#23 0x0000000001e7257d in opistr ()
#24 0x0000000010c3a54d in opiodr ()
#25 0x0000000010ed4fa9 in ttcpip ()
#26 0x0000000001e6bc04 in opitsk ()
#27 0x0000000001e706dd in opiino ()
#28 0x0000000010c3a54d in opiodr ()

This shows a deadlock because localtime() is entered recursively due to some signal being handled - and localtime is not reentrant so it blocks on a lock.

The solution is the following:

  • Remove all libc* libraries from lib/stubs/
  • Relink all
cd lib/stubs
rm libc*
cd ../../bin
./relink all

After the relink check its log file to ensure that all links succeeded.

After this you can run dbca to create a database, either assisted or unassisted:

dbca -silent -createDatabase \
-templateName General_Purpose.dbc \
-gdbname $DBNAME -sid $DBNAME -responseFile NO_VALUE \
-characterSet AL32UTF8 \
-sysPassword oracle \
-systemPassword oracle \
-createAsContainerDatabase false \
-databaseType MULTIPURPOSE \
-automaticMemoryManagement false \
-totalMemory 2048 \
-storageType FS \
-datafileDestination "/opt/oracle/oradata/" \
-redoLogFileSize 500 \
-emConfiguration NONE \


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