[INS-30131] Initial setup required for execution of installer validation failed.

When trying to install Oracle client 12c the above error appeared , this issue can happened on windows Or linux.

The cause i really simple :-

On linux there is no enough space under /tmp.

On windows the solution like the following :-

  • Open Windows Services.
  • Stop Oracle Services –> OracleRemExec
  • Remove the OracleRemExecService
  • then try to install Oracle client again

Thank you 
Osama Mustafa

Apply Jdeveloper Patch

This blog post will show you how to apply Patch on Jdeveloper :-

  • Download the latest version of Opatch from http://support.oracle.com
  • Unzip the Patch Folder.
  • Set/export ORACLE_HOME to Jdeveloper hope depend on Operating system
  • Finally Opatch Apply to Jdeveloper Home.
If you faced any error with opatch commad try the below :-

opatch apply -jdk /u01/app/oracle/JDK/160_24

Osama Mustafa

OPATCH : Problems with the lock file

Problems with the lock file
Lock file exists, details are:
Interim Patch is holding the lock from ……
probably due to previous unsuccessful operation

Seems the Opatch has been interrupted or hanged therefore the .opatch_storage still exists under Oracle Home

ls -ltr $ORACLE_HOME

Search for .patch_storage and delete it

Try Again..

Osama Mustafa

Prerequisite check "CheckActiveFilesAndExecutables" failed

Oracle Home       : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_home1
Central Inventory : /u01/app/oraInventory
   from           : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_home1/oraInst.loc
OPatch version    :
OUI version       :
Log file location : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_home1/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2015-03-09_16-45-09PM_1.log
Verifying environment and performing prerequisite checks…
Prerequisite check “CheckActiveFilesAndExecutables” failed.
The details are:

Following executables are active :
UtilSession failed: Prerequisite check “CheckActiveFilesAndExecutables” failed.
Log file location: /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_home1/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2015-03-09_16-45-09PM_1.log

When trying to apply OPatch the above error appear , 
Some process hanged 

oracle@–:~/database_patches/19769496$ fuser /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_home1/lib/libclntsh.so.11.1
/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_home1/lib/libclntsh.so.11.1:    58536m

Kill -9 58536

Thank you 

Shutdown Immediate Hangs

Today i faced Strange issue with Shutdown immediate command on cluster database which is when run shutdown immediate the command hangs and take so long and sometimes it’s working and most of the time not working.

the below command was working without any problem :-

SQL > shutdown abort

to solve this issue & trace the error since the alertlog not indicating to anything interesting i have to dump systemstate every 5 minutes  to know what going on :-

connect / as sysdba
alter session set events ‘10400 trace name context forever, level 1’; 

After this you can kill the session that preventing shutdown.

The hangs usually happened for two reasons :-

  • Query running on Database.
  • Transaction happened while you are trying to shutdown database.
For the first reason :

use v$session_longops Read more here.

Run the below query to check the query.

select count(*) from v$session_longops where time_remaining>0;

Second reason you can use

v$transaction Read from here.

Useful Document :-
Alert Log: Shutdown Waiting for Active Calls to Complete (Doc ID 1039389.6)

Thank you
Osama Mustafa

Dealing with Crontab

Schedule tasks under Linux is an powerful procedure which is used by almost everyone, and to do this using program called cron. more about it here .

Procedure :

make a new text file, and enter this line in that text file like the below :-

crontab myfirstjob

Formatting crontab file :-

what this file contains

Allowed range
1-12 OR First 3 letters of the Month name
Days of the week
0-7 OR First 3 letters of the Day name
Name of the program
Any program

Some useful command can be used with cron :-

Show all the task running under cron.

crontab -l

edit the crontab

crontab -e

Some example from crontab file :-

# Minute   Hour      Day of Month       Month                 Day of Week        Command  
# (0-59)     (0-23)     (1-31)             (1-12 or Jan-Dec)    (0-6 or Sun-Sat)              
    0               12           *                             *                         *            /u01/backup.sh

For more example about crontab press here

Osama Mustafa

ORA-27102: out of memory

Operating system : Solaris Sparc 11.2
Database Version :

When Trying to startup the database the following error appeared :-

SQL> startup nomount ;
ORA-27102: out of memory
SVR4 Error: 22: Invalid argument

Even when trying to know which instance process do this :-

SQL> oradebug setmypid
ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist
SVR4 Error: 2: No such file or directory
ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist
SVR4 Error: 2: No such file or directory 

SQL> oradebug ipc
ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist
SVR4 Error: 2: No such file or directory
ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist
SVR4 Error: 2: No such file or directory 

After investigation i found the cause for this error, the solaris SHMMAX was not set correctly on OS level which mean the database was configured more than permitted memory on OS.

to solve the above error

Find which project oracle user run using the below command :-

id -p
uid=59008(oracle) gid=10001(dba) projid=3(default)  


prctl -n project.max-shm-memory -i project 3 

project: 3: default
NAME    PRIVILEGE       VALUE    FLAG   ACTION                       RECIPIENT
        privileged      35GB      –   deny                                 –
        system          24EB    max   deny                                 –

So i have to increase it

prctl -n project.max-shm-memory -r -v 40G -i project 3

Note the above changes will be temporary till the next restart.


sshUserSetup.sh & runcluvfy.sh

Oracle 11gR2 RAC Grid install includes a useful script that can be used to make your life easier no more copying and waiting for errors the above scripts will make your easier simply.


useful script to establish and exchange ssh keys between all the nodes of the cluster called sshUserSetup.sh

And Can Be Used like the below :-

./sshUserSetup.sh -user oracle -hosts “node1 node2” -noPromptPassphrase
./sshUserSetup.sh -user grid   -hosts “node1 node2” -noPromptPassphrase


Cluster Verification Utility

Regarding to Oracle documentation :-

“performs system checks in preparation for installation, patch updates, or other system changes. Using CVU ensures that you have completed the required system configuration and preinstallation steps so that your Oracle Grid Infrastructure or Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) installation, update, or patch operation completes successfully.”

you can learn More Here

Example :-
./runcluvfy.sh stage -pre crsinst -n  node1,node -fixup -verbose