Question: I am trying to install Oracle using a
silent install response file, but I am running into problems.
When I execute the runInstaller command initially, I get the
INFO: INFO: Unable to read the list of homes
from the inventory.
Can you help me determine the problem with this install?
Answer: Since it seems that your process
terminates before it gets started, there would appear to be a
problem with your response file.
The Oracle installer requires input from the user to determine
the type of installation. Selections that are made via the GUI are
recorded and written to a response file, which can be used to
perform the silent installation.
You specify the response file location by starting the installer
with the following command and perform the installation as normal:
./runInstaller -record -destinationFile
This is the parameter telling the installer to write to the
This is the parameter definining the name and location of the
Response files contain a large amount of information, including
a long list of parameters and other information specified during the
Once the response file has been created, the silent installation
is initiated as follows:
./runInstaller -silent -responseFile
This is the parameter establishing the silent installation.
This parameter indicates the name and location of response file
created in the previous step.
The success or failure of the silent install is recorded in a
Check your Oracle installation log area for the file. The
location will be something like:
The Oracle installer does not write to the log file until after
the silent installation completed. This is also true if you are
executing a silent deinstallation.
Your silent installation could be failing for any number
of reasons. You should check the following:
- You did not specify a response file
- You specified a response file, but it the specified response
file is incorrect or incomplete
The Oracle docs note that a common problem is that the
product-specific data may be filled out correctly, but it is
possible that the staging area location is incorrect. In this
situation, you can check the from_location variable to be
certain that it is pointed to the products.xml file in the
installation media, which is in the response/stage location for this
Any failure of the validation of the response file at run time
will also end the silent installation process. During
validation, the installer treats parameters that are of the wrong
type, context or format as if there was no value specified.
It is also possible that the Oracle installer encountered an
error. Once such error would be the case of insufficient disk
Check the log files for the information about your specific
install. The installer has location for log and trace files,
you can check there for addional details:
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