The most popular database(DB) software known to man is Oracle. There are some other commercial and open source Databases such as
1. MS-Sql(from Microsoft)
2. DB2(from IBM)
3. PostgreSQL(it’s a open source SW)
4. Mysql(my favorate one and good for small/medium organisations)
5. Sybase

Do you want to know more about other DB names? Have look at below link, i create a squered link for you.
Ans :;=mysql&items;=oracle&items=PostgreSQL&items;=db2&items;=njsql
In this post we will come to know that how to install Oracle on RHEL5?

Step1 : Before installing Oracle it require following packages to be installed on the machine.
1. compat-gcc
2. compat-libstdc++
3. compat-db
4. make-3.79
5. binutils-
6. gcc-3.2
7. openmotif-2.2
8. setarch-1.3

All these packages are there in RHEL5 DVD so you just implement YUM server for easy installation of the above packages, other wise you have to install one by one with rpm command which will create a a lot of dependencies.

Step2 : Set kernel parameters by editing /etc/sysctl.conf or using sysctl -w command. As follows.

Note : When ever you edit any files take backup of that files before editing those files.
kernel.shmall = 268435456 
kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128
kernel.shmmax = 2147483647 

kernel.shmmni = 4096
kernel.shmall = 2097152
fs.file-max = 65536

net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024 65000
kernel.sem=250 32000 100 128
net.core.rmem_default = 4194304

net.core.rmem_max= 4194304
net.core.wmem_default = 262144
net.core.wmem_max = 262144

#cp /etc/sysctl.conf /etc/
#vi /etc/sysctl.conf

After entering the above values save and exit the file
or use sysctl -w to edit kernel paramaters.
Here I will just give one example how to edit sysctl.conf using sysctl -w command.

Suppose I want to edit kernel.sem value just execute below command.
#/sbin/sysctl -w kernel.sem=”250 32000 100 128”

Step3 :
After editing the file check if any issue is there or not by printing the sysctl content.
#sysctl -p

Note1 : Most part of the installation is done by oracle user. Untill and unless specified. Only at the end of installation we require to run two scripts which will
set path variables.

Note2 : If you are installing Oracle on remote machine we have to export the display to local machine or we have to take vnc to the remote machine.

Step4 : Create Group name
#groupadd dba

Step5 : Creat oracle user with group equal to dba and home directory equal to
#useradd -d /oracle -g dba oracle

Installation :
Step1 :
Copy Oracle software to some folder. Change the directory to bin directory as showen below.
cd /test/database

Here you will find run Installer script which you should execute in oracle user and this should be done in GUI it self(so in order to execute this command you have to export display or take vnc to remote machine). Here in this document I have taken vnc connection to remote machine where I am installing OS. For those who don't have vnc export display as follows.

Step2 : Exporting display, you have to execute this command as oracle user on remote machine where you are going to install oracle. And one more thing. Display should be exported to local machine where you are going to preform your installation.
DISPLAY = system name/ip: 0.0

Note : System name/ip in the above display command is the ip/system name of your local machine.

The above screen shot shows that you have to run the script. And this should be run only by root.

Step3 : Script to be run by root user.
[[email protected] oracle]# /oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/
Running Oracle10 script...

The following environment variables are set as :


ORACLE_HOME= /oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1

Enter the full pathname of the local bin directory : [/usr/local/bin]:

Copying dbhome to /usr/local/bin ...

Copying oraenv to /usr/local/bin ...

Copying coraenv to /usr/local/bin ...

Entries will be added to the /etc/oratab file as needed by

Database Configuration Assistant when a database is created

Finished running generic part of script.

Now product-specific root actions will be performed.

Once run this as root go to oracle user gui login and say ok.. to exit..

Step4 : Now we have to check whether oracle is installed perfectly or not. We have to set ORACLE_HOME variable for oracle user .bash_profile file to export oracle bin directory as follows. So that we can start/stop oracle service with lsnrctl edit .bashrc file for the oracle user.
$vi ~/.bash_profile


export PATH



Save and exit the file. Once done we have to source the .bash_profile file. Then start the oracle service by using below command.
[[email protected] ~]$ lsnrctl start

LSNRCTL for Linux: Version - Production on 05-MAR-2010 07:12:13

Copyright (c) 1991, 2005, Oracle. All rights reserved.

TNS-01106: Listener using listener name LISTENER has already been started
For checking status.
[[email protected] ~]$ lsnrctl status

LSNRCTL for Linux: Version - Production on 05-MAR-2010 07:12:01

Copyright (c) 1991, 2005, Oracle. All rights reserved.





Version TNSLSNR for Linux: Version - Production

Start Date 05-MAR-2010 06:10:20

Uptime 0 days 1 hr. 1 min. 41 sec

Trace Level off

Security ON: Local OS Authentication


Listener Parameter File /oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/network/admin/listener.ora

Listener Log
File /oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/network/log/listener.log

Listening Endpoints Summary...



Services Summary :

Service "PLSExtProc" has 1 instance(s).

Instance "PLSExtProc", status UNKNOWN, has 1 handler(s) for this service...
Service "orcl" has 1 instance(s).

Instance "orcl", status READY, has 1 handler(s) for this service...

Service "orclXDB" has 1 instance(s).

Instance "orcl", status READY, has 1 handler(s) for this service...

Service "orcl_XPT" has 1 instance(s).

Instance "orcl", status READY, has 1 handler(s) for this service...

The command completed successfully

Step5 : Connect to Oracle sql database(and this should be done only as oracle user).

[[email protected] ~]$ sqlplus /nolog
SQL*Plus: Release - Production on Fri Mar 5 07:22:56 2010

Copyright (c) 1982, 2005, Oracle. All rights reserved.


This sql> prompt indicates you have sucessfully connected..

SQL> conn [email protected] as sysdba
Enter password :
Connected to an idle instance.
If the database is not started it will show the messages as connected to idle instance.

4. To start the database execute
SQL> startup
ORACLE instance started.
Total System Global Area 289406976 bytes
Fixed Size 1301536 bytes
Variable Size 262677472 bytes
Database Buffers 25165824 bytes
Redo Buffers 262144 bytes
Database mounted.
Database opened.

5. To check the name of the database
SQL> select name from v_$database;