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Daniel Westermann

SEVERE:OUI-10020:The target area /u01/app/oracle/oraInventory/ is being used as a source by another session

What to do if you get the above error when you try to install Oracle SE2 (did not test if the same issue is there with EE, but probably it is) in silent mode?:

./runInstaller oracle.install.option=INSTALL_DB_SWONLY \
    ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle/ \
    ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/db_2_4/ \
    UNIX_GROUP_NAME=oinstall  \
    oracle.install.db.DBA_GROUP=dba \
    oracle.install.db.OPER_GROUP=dba \
    oracle.install.db.BACKUPDBA_GROUP=dba  \
    oracle.install.db.DGDBA_GROUP=dba  \
    oracle.install.db.KMDBA_GROUP=dba  \
    FROM_LOCATION=../stage/products.xml \
    INVENTORY_LOCATION=/u01/app/oracle/oraInventory/ \
    SELECTED_LANGUAGES=en \
    oracle.install.db.InstallEdition=SE2 \
    DECLINE_SECURITY_UPDATES=true  -silent -ignoreSysPrereqs -ignorePrereq -waitForCompletion

You already checked my oracle support and verified that there are no lock files in the oraInventory/locks directory:

ls -la /u01/app/oraIventory/locks

What to do? Follow the error message…:

[FATAL] [INS-10008] Session initialization failed
   CAUSE: An unexpected error occured while initializing the session.
   ACTION: Contact Oracle Support Services or refer logs
   SUMMARY:

… and create a service request in my oracle support? You don’t need to. The error message is a bit misleading. The real issue is only the trailing slash (“/”) at the end of the directory name for the oraInventory. Once you remove it everything works as expected:

./runInstaller oracle.install.option=INSTALL_DB_SWONLY \
    ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle \
    ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/db_2_4 \
    UNIX_GROUP_NAME=oinstall  \
    oracle.install.db.DBA_GROUP=dba \
    oracle.install.db.OPER_GROUP=dba \
    oracle.install.db.BACKUPDBA_GROUP=dba  \
    oracle.install.db.DGDBA_GROUP=dba  \
    oracle.install.db.KMDBA_GROUP=dba  \
    FROM_LOCATION=../stage/products.xml \
    INVENTORY_LOCATION=/u01/app/oracle/oraInventory \
    SELECTED_LANGUAGES=en \
    oracle.install.db.InstallEdition=SE2 \
    DECLINE_SECURITY_UPDATES=true  -silent -ignoreSysPrereqs -ignorePrereq -waitForCompletion

And all this because of a slash. I am pretty sure this could be handled better very easily.

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Daniel Westermann
Daniel Westermann

Principal Consultant & Technology Leader Open Infrastructure