April 2nd, 2003, 19:22
ok i would love to install openbsd on my playbox it's either going to be openbsd or freebsd 5 still undecided.. but does anybody know if it is possible to install oracle 8i or 9i on openbsd? this is kinda a requirement for me.

June 12th, 2003, 15:32
I would also like to know if this is possible. At my job we are setting up an external webserver. We'd like it to be as secure as possible, hence my query into OpenBSD.
We'd be running Oracle 9i with 9IAS, in a DMZ. It would be cool if we could save a few bucks and get and x86 box and load it up lith OBSD and Oracle.

Our other option is to load OBSD on a x86 box in the DMZ, with the web stuff. Then forward all the requests to a "back-end" Sun server, also in the DMZ.

Any suggestions guys/gals?

June 12th, 2003, 15:46
Only way i can see Oracle Running on OBSD is with Linux emulation. I dont know how far Oracle Linux has come in the last couple years, but the last time i installed it, it was a pain in the butt. :?

June 12th, 2003, 16:52
Thanks bsdjunkie. Thats what I thought.

June 12th, 2003, 17:18


This kind of setup enables a myriad of online database possibilities, as discussed above, but still provides some limitations. Although a powerful API for MySQL and PostgreSQL exists, it is, as yet, not feasibly implementable as an application database server. You cannot (easily) create Windows desktop applications that interact with a MySQL/PostgreSQL database or perform advanced database operations like replication or image information retrieval. It is for this kind of application that Oracle and MS SQL exceed the alternatives. Although a native port of any commercial database system does not exist for OpenBSD, OpenBSD's binary compatibility with SunOS/sparc and Linux/i386 comes in handy. Linux binary compatibility configuration is a rather arduous process, as is the installation of Oracle, so I will not discuss it in this overview of OpenBSD database operations.


Sorta makes me think it is possible.

There's this:

Which doesn't provide much help.

An OpenBSD mailing list archive provides some help:

The thread has several followup you should check out. One of them posts these links:

Hope that can help out some.

June 12th, 2003, 17:19
forgot about this thread i started.... after much looking around.. the best i've been able to do is install oracle on fbsd 5 and the only way to do that is to install it on a redhat box and once the install is done copy it over.. there's a post on bsdforums about it..

i havent dont it yet... but sometime in the future...

June 12th, 2003, 17:38
I dont know how far Oracle Linux has come in the last couple years, but the last time i installed it, it was a pain in the butt. :?

I installed Oracle 9i onto RedHat 7.2 not too long ago and it was rather smooth sailing. Installing Oracle 8 (or was it 7?) onto RH 6.2 was a beast, but it seems that for recent versions of Oracle and RedHat, it is real painless.

With RH 8 compatibility in -current, Oracle 9i shouldn't be too tough...

June 12th, 2003, 19:07
well if you happen to install oracle on a redhat box anytime soon you mind sending me the install i would like to set it up but dont want to install redhat..