Installation and Upgrade

How to Create a 9i Database by DBCA with Silent Mode

In my experience, to create a new database by DBCA with silent mode in a 9i database on Linux, you must issue the dbca command under a x-window environment, otherwise, you will get “java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError”, even you set CLASSPATH correct. I think it maybe a bug on Linux platform.

But the most ironic thing is, if you can access a database server under x-window, why don’t you use dbca with the graphic interface instead of the silent mode. In fact, you can set more details on the database by the graphic interface than the silent mode. Nevertheless, I would like to test the silent mode which might have more facts can be discovered.
  1. First, let’s see all available attributes that dbca allows.
  2. [oracle@oracle9i ~]$ dbca -help
    dbca  [-silent | -progressOnly | -customCreate] {<command> <options> }  | { [<co mmand> [options] ] -responseFile  <response file > } [-continueOnNonFatalErrors <true | false>]
    Please refer to the manual for details.
    You can enter one of the following command:

    Create a database by specifying the following parameters:
                    -templateName <name of an existing  template>
                    -gdbName <global database name>
                    [-sid <database system identifier>]
                    [-datafileDestination <destination for all the datafiles>]
                    [-datafileJarLocation  <location of the data file jar, used only  for clone database creation>]
                    [-characterSet <character set for the database>]
                    [-nationalCharacterSet  <national character set for the database >]
                    [-registerWithDirService <true | false>
                            -dirServiceUserName    <user name for directory service>
                            -dirServicePassword    <password for directory service > ]
                    [-listeners  <list of listeners to configure the database with>]
                    [-variablesFile   <file name for the variable-value pair for var iables in the template>]]

    Create a template from an existing database by specifying the following paramete rs:
                    -sourceDB    <service in the form of <host>:<port>:<sid>>
                    -sysDBAUserName     <user name  with SYSDBA privileges>
                    -sysDBAPassword     <password for sysDBAUserName user name>
                    -templateName      <new template name>
                    [-maintainFileLocations <true | false>]

    Create a clone template from an existing database by specifying the following pa rameters:
                    -sourceDB    <source database sid>
                    -sysDBAUserName     <user name  with SYSDBA privileges>
                    -sysDBAPassword     <password for sysDBAUserName user name>
                    -templateName      <new template name>
                    [-maintainFileLocations <true | false>]
                    [-datafileJarLocation       <directory to place the datafiles in  a compressed format>]
    Query for help by specifying the following options: -h | -help

  3. Issue dbca command with silent mode.
  4. [oracle@oracle9i ~]$ dbca -silent -createDatabase -templateName Transaction_Processing.dbc -gdbname smalldb -sid smalldb -datafileJarLocation /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/assistants/dbca/templates -datafileDestination /u01/app/oracle/oradata -responseFile NO_VALUE -characterSet AL32UTF8 -listeners  listener

    Look at the log file "/u01/app/oracle/admin/smalldb/create/smalldb.log" for further details.
    [oracle@oracle9i ~]$ cat /u01/app/oracle/admin/smalldb/create/smalldb.log
    Database creation completed.  See logfiles at /u01/app/oracle/admin/smalldb/create for details.

    Database Information:

      global database name:  smalldb
      database system identifier (SID):  smalldb
      SYS account password:  change_on_install
      SYSTEM account password:  manager.
    Note: All other database accounts have been locked. Oracle highly RECOMMENDS to change the default passwords of all the users.

  5. Start the listener after installation.
  6. [oracle@oracle9i ~]$ cat /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/network/admin/listener.ora
        (DESCRIPTION =
          (ADDRESS_LIST =
          (ADDRESS_LIST =
            (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = = 1521))

      (SID_LIST =
        (SID_DESC =
          (SID_NAME = PLSExtProc)
          (ORACLE_HOME = /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0)
          (PROGRAM = extproc)
        (SID_DESC =
          (ORACLE_HOME = /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0)
          (SID_NAME = ORACLE9I)
        (SID_DESC =
          (GLOBAL_DBNAME = smalldb)
          (ORACLE_HOME = /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0)
          (SID_NAME = smalldb)

    [oracle@oracle9i ~]$ lsnrctl status
    TNS-12541: TNS:no listener
     TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
      TNS-00511: No listener
       Linux Error: 111: Connection refused
    TNS-12541: TNS:no listener
     TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
      TNS-00511: No listener
       Linux Error: 111: Connection refused
    [oracle@oracle9i ~]$ lsnrctl start
    Starting /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/bin/tnslsnr: please wait...

    TNSLSNR for Linux: Version - Production
    System parameter file is /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/network/admin/listener.ora
    Log messages written to /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/network/log/listener.log
    Listening on: (DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(

    Alias                     LISTENER
    Version                   TNSLSNR for Linux: Version - Production
    Start Date                16-NOV-2012 19:13:24
    Uptime                    0 days 0 hr. 0 min. 0 sec
    Trace Level               off
    Security                  OFF
    SNMP                      OFF
    Listener Parameter File   /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/network/admin/listener.ora
    Listener Log File         /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/network/log/listener.log
    Listening Endpoints Summary...
    Services Summary...
    Service "ORACLE9I" has 1 instance(s).
      Instance "ORACLE9I", status UNKNOWN, has 1 handler(s) for this service...
    Service "PLSExtProc" has 1 instance(s).
      Instance "PLSExtProc", status UNKNOWN, has 1 handler(s) for this service...
    Service "smalldb" has 1 instance(s).
      Instance "smalldb", status UNKNOWN, has 1 handler(s) for this service...
    The command completed successfully

    You can notice that the listener is not started after creation. So I must start it up by myself.
  7. Check database status and change password.
  8. [oracle@oracle9i ~]$ sqlplus /nolog
    SQL> conn / as sysdba
    SQL> select open_mode from v$database;


    It’ weird, dbca did startup the database, but did not start the listener in the first place.
  9. Change sys and system password.
  10. Since the default password of sys and system created by dbca are obviously well known in 9i world, so we must change them after database creation.
    SQL> alter user sys identified by sys_password;

    User altered.

    SQL> alter user system identified by system_password;

    User altered.

  11. Check more details about the newly created database.
  12. SQL> set pagesize 500;
    SQL> show parameters;

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    thread                               integer     0
    timed_os_statistics                  integer     0
    timed_statistics                     boolean     TRUE
    trace_enabled                        boolean     TRUE
    tracefile_identifier                 string
    transaction_auditing                 boolean     TRUE
    transactions                         integer     187
    transactions_per_rollback_segment    integer     5
    undo_management                      string      AUTO
    undo_retention                       integer     900
    undo_suppress_errors                 boolean     FALSE
    undo_tablespace                      string      UNDOTBS1
    use_indirect_data_buffers            boolean     FALSE
    user_dump_dest                       string      /u01/app/oracle/admin/smalldb/
    utl_file_dir                         string
    workarea_size_policy                 string      AUTO

  13. Add an entry of local naming in a client machine.
  14. ...
    smalldb =
        (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = = 1521))
        (CONNECT_DATA =
          (SERVER = DEDICATED)
          (SERVICE_NAME = smalldb)

  15. Test the tnsname.
  16. C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>tnsping smalldb
    Used TNSNAMES adapter to resolve the alias
    Attempting to contact (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = = 1521)) (CONNECT_DATA = (SERV
    ER = DEDICATED) (SERVICE_NAME = smalldb)))
    OK (20 msec)

  17. Test the connection.
  18. C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>sqlplus system/system_password@smalldb

    SQL> select sysdate from dual;

I have ever tried to create a database by DBCA with a response file many times, but all failed and left the same errors:
[oracle@oracle9i oradata]$ cd /u01/app/oracle/product/9.2.0/assistants/dbca/logs/
[oracle@oracle9i logs]$ cat silent5.log
No command specified to perform. Please specify one of following commands:
createDatabase, createTemplateFromDB or createCloneTemplate

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