Error on installing Oracle 10 software where Oracle 9i software already exists

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Folks, I am working on a Solaris Sparc server trying to install Oracle Enterprise Edition Software. This server already had Oracle 9i software installed. I am setting the ORACLE_HOME by writing on the command line: export $ORACLE_HOME=/oracle/10g. When I echo $ORACLE_HOME I get a return of /oracle/10g. So I start the install and it makes it through to the part where it is checking dependencies and fails saying that I cannot install Oracle 10g into an existing Oracle 8.1 - 9.2 Home. Can someone help me out please with this. Thanks, Bill
ASKED: April 21, 2006  11:22 AM
UPDATED: April 24, 2006  1:42 AM

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You cannot, and should not install one oracle software (AS) into the oracle_home of another oracle software. Let me give you a brief example:

/u01/app/oracle (ORACLE_BASE)

/u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0 (ORACLE_HOME)

/u01/app/oracle/product/ias9i (a different ORACLE_HOME)

= = =

10g adds a new subdirectory to all Oracle Homes like so:

/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1 (ORACLE_HOME)

= = =
The error you are getting is telling you that you cannot do this:

/u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0 (ORACLE_HOME)
/u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/ias9i (ORACLE_HOME)

You can have more than one ORACLE_HOME on your machine, but one cannot be a subdirectory of the other.

For previous releases of Oracle Database, the OFA recommended Oracle home path was similar to the following:

/u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0

For Oracle Database 10g, the OFA recommended Oracle home path has changed. The OFA recommended path is now similar to the following:

/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/type[_n]

In this example, type is the type of Oracle home, for example Oracle Database (db) or Oracle Client (client), and n is an optional counter. This syntax provides the following benefits:

You can install different products with the same release number in the same Oracle base directory, for example:

/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1]
/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/client_1]

You can install the same product more than once in the same Oracle base directory, for example:

/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1]
/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_2]

Regards,
Chetan Sachdeva

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