Tip for installing Oracle 8i on Solaris

Oracle 8i for Solaris is on two CDs, but the first CD does not eject unless you close the installer. Here is the workaround.

Oracle 8i for Solaris is on two CDs. When you run universal installer, the first CD does not eject unless you close the installer. The following is a work-around for this problem.

When the installer asks for the second CD, edit the /etc/mnttab file and find the entry that mounts the CD-ROM. Just place a # sign in front of the line that is used for the CD-ROM, then save the mnttab file.

After this you will be able to eject the first CD and use the second CD without closing the Oracle universal installer.

Reader Feedback

Geoff H. writes: When installing Oracle 8i you do not have to shutdown the installer. The reason why you cannot eject the CD is because the server realises a session has a "lock" on the directory. The way around this is to fully path the installer command, ie:

/cdrom/oracle8i_se/runInstaller

The rest is easy -- you can issue eject cdrom whenever required.

Stephen B. writes: The way I get around the problem of needing to eject the CD to put the second cd in is as follows: The first CD will not eject if you have any a graphical file manager or shell window in the directory. Therefore do not start runInstaller from a graphical file manager, use the command line and do not change directory into the CD. If your CD mounts as /cdrom/oracle8i then (and assuming that all environment variables are correectly set):

# cd $HOME
# /cdrom/oracle8i/runInstaller &

This will start the Installer process without locking the CD drive (runInstaller itself doesn't lock the CD drive). The ampersand (&) at the end starts runInstaller as an automonous process so the shell window is available for use. Editing the mnttab file (as suggested in the original tip) should be a last resort, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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This was first published in June 2002

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