Cloning Oracle Home on fully patched 11.31 HP-UX hangs

I based this blog post on information that I learned from this Oracle Support document:

Runinstaller And Emctl Do Not Work After Upgrading HP-UX 11.31 To 11.31 Update3 (Sep 2008) (Doc ID 780102.1)

My situation was slightly different from what Oracle’s note describes so I thought it would be helpful to document what I found.

In my case I am cloning an Oracle home on to a fully patched HP-UX 11.31 server. I have used this same clone process on Oracle 11.1, 11.2, and 12.1 Oracle Homes with no issues. The symptom is that the 10.2 clone process just hangs with no helpful messages.

I searched Oracle’s support site and the web for issues with 10.2 cloning and could not find anything that matched my symptoms. I then decided to give up on cloning and try to install the base binaries and then patch to match the home that I was trying to clone. The install also hung.  But, I know that the install works since we have used it on many other similar systems. But, they were on HP-UX 11.23 and not the fully patched HP-UX 11.31. So, I searched for installer issues on 11.31 and 10.2 and found the Oracle document listed above.

Evidently there is some bug with the JDK that Oracle included in 10.2 so that it does not work with HP-UX 11.31 with the current patches. A later version of Java resolves the issue.

Now that I understood the issue I decided to go back to the clone and try to apply the recommendations from the Oracle note, even though it doesn’t mention cloning.

The Oracle note suggests adding the –jreLoc /opt/java1.4 option to the runInstaller command line. The only catch is that my HP system did not have /opt/java1.4.  The oldest java we have installed is in /opt/java1.5. So, I tried the clone with the -jreLoc /opt/java1.5 option and it got almost to the end of the clone before it hung doing some emctl step.  Then I realized that I needed to follow the steps in the Oracle note to rename the Oracle Home’s jdk directory and set up a link to the Java1.5 directory.  So, I did these steps to point to the correct jdk directory:


mv jdk jdk.orig

ln -s /opt/java1.5 jdk

Then I ran the clone with this command line:



It wasn’t that hard to apply the note to the clone situation but I thought it was worth blogging it. If someone googles runInstaller clone hang 10.2 11.31 and needs the solution they will find it.

Of course, I may be the only person in the world cloning a 10.2 Oracle Home on an HP-UX Itanium 11.31 system, but it’s here if someone needs it.


About Bobby

I live in Chandler, Arizona with my wife and three daughters. I work for US Foods, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. I have worked in the Information Technology field since 1989. I have a passion for Oracle database performance tuning because I enjoy challenging technical problems that require an understanding of computer science. I enjoy communicating with people about my work.
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