SuSE SLES 12 certified with Oracle Database

Puh … I’ve got many mails over several months asking about the current status of certification of SuSE SLES12 for Oracle Database It took a while – and I believe it was not in our hands. But anyhow … finally …

See Release Notes for additional package requirements
Minimum kernel version: 3.12.49-11-default

Additional Notes

  • Edit CV_ASSUME_DISTID=SUSE11 parameter in database/stage/cvu/cv/admin/cvu_config & grid/stage/cvu/cv/admin/cvu_config
  • Apply Patch 20737462 to address CVU issues relating to lack of reference data
  • Install libcap1 (libcap2 libraries are installed by default); i.e. libcap1-1.10-59.61.x86_64 & libcap1-32bit-1.10-59.61.x86_64
  • ksh is replaced by mksh; e.g. mksh-50-2.13.x86_64
  • libaio has been renamed to libaio1 (i.e. libaio1-0.3.109-17.15.x86_64); ensure that libaio1 is installed

Note: OUI may be invoked with -ignoreSysPreqs to temporarily workaround ongoing CVU check failures

I had a SuSE Linux running on my previous laptop as dual-boot for quite a while. And I still like SuSE way more than any other Linux distributions potentially because of the fact that it was the Linux I started developing some basic Unix skills. I picked up my first Linux at the S.u.S.E. “headquarters” near Fürth Hauptbahnhof in 1994. I used to live just a few kilometers away and the version 0.9 a friend had given to me on a bunch of 3.5” floppies had a disk failure. I believe the entire package did cost DM 19,90 by then – today roughly 10 Euro when you don’t consider inflation – and was distributed on floppy disks. The reason for me to buy it was simply that I had no clue about Linux – but SuSE had a book delivered with the distribution.

This is a distribution I had purchased later on as well – they’ve had good discounts for students by then.

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PS: Updated with more recent information on 15-02-2016 

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15 thoughts on “SuSE SLES 12 certified with Oracle Database

  1. Can’t find it on MOS in the patch download section.
    I fear that you’ll need to open an SR and ask Support for assistance. They will verify if the patch is available or if not why it isn’t there.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.


  2. Hi

    I’m looking for the RPM Checker for SLES 12 for Oracle 12c for IBM Linux on System Z. I’ve had an SR open for 6 months and have not had a solid answer yet.

    Thank you,

  3. Tim,

    I know this is painful. But no SR should hang around for 6 months asking such things. Please either reopen the SR (or if it’s still open) escalate it.

    The idea of SRs and Support is not to have you sitting there for such a long period with no information.


  4. Hi there,

    I can’t say this yet as first the release needs to be released – and then certification information will get published. So you’ll have to wait for 12.2 on-premises first, then check CERTIFICATION in MOS – and if SLES12 is not there than open an SR and check with Support for plans.

    Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience

  5. Hi Mike,
    I’ve tried to install the Oracle Client 32Bit on a SLES12.2 (freshly installed).
    After overiding the distribution type as mentioned, OUI showed some "missing" prereqs, that were mainly versions of GCC and related packages in older versions, the current ones were all installed.

    I ignored them and got the error

    "Fehler beim Aufrufen von Ziel "client_sharedlib" von Makefile "/home/oracle/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/client32/rdbms/lib/". Weitere Informationen hierzu finden Sie unter "/home/oracle/app/oraInventory/logs/installActions2017-02-14_11-10-40AM.log"."

    Tha patch can’t be used since I thionk it only refers to the Database Server and there’s no oracle product installed right now, so there’s no OPatch available.

  6. "I’m looking for the RPM Checker for SLES 12 for Oracle 12c for IBM Linux on System Z. I’ve had an SR open for 6 months and have not had a solid answer yet."

    RESPONSE: SLES12 for Oracle 12c on IBM Linux on System Z is not yet certified. Certification is ongoing. We don’t provide RPM checker if the configuration is not yet supported.

  7. Rhoda,

    certification of Oracle on z/Linux is expected soon. So please be patient. I can’t obviously name you a date as this is not in our hands completely. But it shouldn’t take too long.


    • Phong,

      I really don’t know. Would you please mind to raise an SR and ask Support?
      It would be good for Support to learn how many of you are using SLES these days …


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