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Building an Oracle cluster on Debian GNU/Linux Etch HowTo

This brief HOWTO is based on the excellent article from Oracle detailing how to build a RAC cluster on GNU/Linux using ASM as the storage medium. It also pulls some information from this other great article though I used an iSCSI SAN for shared storage.

It is assumed that the Etch distribution of Debian GNU/Linux is used. The Linux kernel that this was tested on was version 2.6.18-4-686.

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Building a simple binary Debian DEB package HowTo

This brief HOWTO shows how a simple Debian DEB package file can be built. To keep it simple, various shortcuts have been taken and assumptions have been made.

  • The package will be usable for the i386 architecture only.
  • The source code will not be available (e.g. via apt-get source). This means that the package will be non-free.
  • The Debian Policy will not be adhered to. This means that the package will not be accepted into the official Debian archive.
  • By building a binary package, all the files must have permissions and ownerships that match the intended permissions and ownerships. Thus, all steps are expected to be run under the root account.
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