Relink Oracle software after Upgrading Red Hat release


Soon in a theater near you as a main event, the patching of a lot of Linux (database) servers. So it is once more time to dust off the documentation and refresh memory because in the past there has always been a lot of debate was between dbas should we or should we not re-link the Oracle Software once Linux patching has been done? Motivation would be that folks stated “but we have a running version now, and don’t know what misery recompile will bring”.  Plain and simple and with Oracle Support recommendation the answer to that question should always be YES. If required libraries in Linux have changed it is best to find out during that one maintenance window instead of finding out – weeks or months later when most of us have forgotten about the patch activities.

Below steps are a bit specific for my environments where I have setup Asm and Oracle Restart on various single servers. Yet I hope this note will be of benefit as a general overview

Stopping the databases under control in an easy way:


Below you will find some nice feature of the srvctl  status – stop – start command in order to easily capture  – stop and start all the databases  that are part of a specific ORACLE_HOME. ( Commands and examples come from Oracle Documentation (

srvctl status home -o oracle_home -s state_file

srvctl status home Options

Option Description
-o Complete path of the Oracle home
-s Complete path of the state file

srvctl stop home -o oracle_home -s state_file [-t stop_options] [-f]

srvctl stop home Options

Option Description
-o Complete path of the Oracle home
-s Complete path of the state file
-t stop_options SHUTDOWN command options for the database (for example: NORMAL, TRANSACTIONAL, IMMEDIATE, or ABORT). Default is IMMEDIATE.
-f Force stop each component

srvctl start home -o oracle_home -s state_file

srvctl start home Options

Option Description
-o Complete path of the Oracle home
-s Complete path of the state file. The state file contains the current state information for the components in the Oracle home and is created when the srvctl stop home command or the srvctl status home command is run.


As prep for the relinking of the software I performed following step:

srvctl status home -o /opt/oracle/product/112_ee_64/db -s /var/tmp/state_file.status

srvctl stop home -o /opt/oracle/product/112_ee_64/db -s /var/tmp/state_file.dmp

Note: in the stop home command a file is created at given location. Oracle will put in all Instances-Databases that are part of that specific Home. The nice part is that this  .dmp file can be used in one command to start all databases again once things are done.

In Order to relink the Rdbms software:

After shutting down the databases (see above):

Had the ORACLE_HOME  set properly

$ORACLE_HOME/bin/relink all

Note: writing relink log to: /opt/oracle/product/112_ee_64/db/install/relink.log

In Order to relink the Oracle Restart software:

Prepare the Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Standalone Server home for modification using the following procedure:

  1. Log in as the Oracle Grid Infrastructure software owner user and change the directory to the path Grid_home/bin, where Grid_home is the path to the Oracle Grid Infrastructure home:
cd /opt/crs/product/112_ee_64/crs/bin
  1. Shut down the Oracle Restart stack using the following command:
crsctl stop has –f

This will show:

CRS-2791: Starting shutdown of Oracle High Availability Services-managed resources on 'myhost01hr'

CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.LISTENER.lsnr' on 'myhost01hr'

CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.LISTENER.lsnr' on 'myhost01hr' succeeded

CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.evmd' on 'myhost01hr'

CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.evmd' on 'myhost01hr' succeeded

CRS-2793: Shutdown of Oracle High Availability Services-managed resources on 'myhost01hr' has completed

CRS-4133: Oracle High Availability Services has been stopped.

oracle@myhost01hr:/opt/crs/product/112_ee_64/crs/bin [+ASM]#


Relink Oracle Grid Infrastructure:

  1. Login as root
    cd /opt/crs/product/112_ee_64/crs/crs/install
    perl -unlock
    Log in as the Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Standalone Server owner:
    $ export ORACLE_HOME=/opt/crs/product/112_ee_64/crs
    $ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/relink

Note: This will show: oracle@myhost01hr:/opt/oracle [+ASM]# $ORACLE_HOME/bin/relink
writing relink log to: /opt/crs/product/112_ee_64/crs/install/relink.log

  1. Login as root again:
    Note. Rootadd_rdbms came back very fast without any output.
    cd /opt/crs/product/112_ee_64/crs/crs/install
    perl -patch

Checked with:

  1. export $ORACLE_HOME=/opt/crs/product/112_ee_64/crs/
  2. ./crsctl check has

This showed:CRS-4638: Oracle High Availability Services is online

Starting the databases under control in an easy way:

When the command srvctl stop home was issued a  file was created in /var/tmp as state_file.dmp.  Now we can start all dbs again with one command:

srvctl start home -o /opt/oracle/product/112_ee_64/db -s /var/tmp/state_file.dmp

As always happy reading And happy Dba..


Are we or Are we not going to relink Oracle software after A Linux Upgrade


Recently i have talked to  my managers with this one big topic on my mind . The Linux department is rapidly patching their servers to higher levels of Linux and they ask for support during and after them patching the OS. From management side I needed clear directive  about Oracle team following those activities closely. With Oracle support  I have started to gather information about the should or should not  relink the software . Experience will tell which way was the right one.  Cause of course there is also risks involved when relinking the Oracle  software . Examples from past seem to tell that relink brought trouble with it too.

As a central note i was given  Mos Note Is It Necessary To Relink Oracle Following OS Upgrade? (Doc ID 444595.1)

In there you see two great references :

Note 883299.1 Oracle 11gR2 Relink New Feature


Note 220970.1 RAC: Frequently Asked Questions
Note 284785.1 How to Check Whether Oracle Binary/Instance is RAC Enabled and Relink Oracle Binary in RAC

From the rac note ) 220970.1  this is a interesting quote as with regard to  the Grid infra structure environment:

Do I need to relink the Oracle Clusterware / Grid Infrastructure home after an OS upgrade?

Using Oracle Clusterware 10g and 11.1, Oracle Clusterware binaries cannot be relinked. However, the client shared libraries, which are part of the home can be relinked, in most cases there should not be a need to relink them. See Note:743649.1 for more information. 
 Using Oracle Grid Infrastructure 11.2 and higher, there are some executables in the Grid home that can and should be relinked after an OS upgrade. The following steps describe how to relink an Oracle Grid Infrastructure for Clusters home: 
 As root:
 # cd Grid_home/crs/install
 # perl -unlock
 As the grid infrastructure for a cluster owner:
 $ export ORACLE_HOME=Grid_home
 $ Grid_home/bin/relink
 As root again:
 # cd Grid_home/crs/install
 # perl -patch 
 Note: If using Oracle Grid Infrastructure for Standalone Environments (Oracle Restart), see the Oracle Documentation for more information:

So should you relink ? Well frankly I would follow recommends  of Oracle in this matter  with the idea that it needs to be done on low priority boxes like test or preprod first before touching production . And should you decide not to relink due to experiences in the past , well i would recommend to be standby once the servers are patched Os wise and the grid infra structure  and databases are starting .


happy reading,



A project leaders challenge: Linux Upgrade and Consequences for Grid Infrastructure


After building the complete  Infra structure for Oracle (Grid Infra with Asm) and Rdbms in version this Database Administrator is now facing a new challenge made by his Project leader. Please investigate the consequences of a  Operating  Upgrade from Red Hat Linux 5 ( 5.6) to (5.7) and change your Oracle environment to adapt to the changed Operating system. As they say often say  in the Netherlands the Customer is King  so this Admin was on his way. And of course set up a plan in which this will be done one step at the time , starting with a Test box. Because even with Kings the Dba should consider a Quote  of one of the Oracle gurus (Arup Nanda :   What’s more important guts or caution?” I would say pragmatism, bordering on caution; not guts.  And i do believe the Guru is right in this matter.

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