install the oracle instant client and DBD::Oracle on Linux Mint 12 ( or any other linux )

September 3, 2012 — 4 Comments

if you work with perl and want to connect to oracle you might want to DBD::Oracle. this is a oracle database driver for the perl DBI module.

there is no need to install this on a server which hosts an oracle instance. all you need from an oracle perspective is the oracle instant client.

to prepare the installation download the following files ( for your architecture ) from the above link:


as I did a default mint install I additionally had to install the “Linux kernel AIO access library” package which is required for the instant client to work:

sudo apt-get install libaio1

all you need to do for getting the instant client to work is to unzip the downloaded files and setup your environment. in may case I unzipped the files to my home directory in a folder called oracle:

ls -la ~/oracle/instantclient_11_2/
total 185012
drwxr-xr-x 3 daniel daniel      4096 Aug 31 06:57 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 daniel daniel      4096 Aug 31 06:51 ..
-rwxrwxr-x 1 daniel daniel     25308 Sep 17  2011 adrci
-rw-rw-r-- 1 daniel daniel       437 Sep 17  2011 BASIC_README
-rwxrwxr-x 1 daniel daniel     46228 Sep 17  2011 genezi
-r--r--r-- 1 daniel daniel       368 Sep 17  2011 glogin.sql
lrwxrwxrwx 1 daniel daniel        56 Aug 31 06:57 -> /home/daniel/oracle/instantclient_11_2/
-rwxrwxr-x 1 daniel daniel  52761218 Sep 17  2011
-r-xr-xr-x 1 daniel daniel   7955322 Sep 17  2011
-rwxrwxr-x 1 daniel daniel   1971762 Sep 17  2011
-rwxrwxr-x 1 daniel daniel 118408281 Sep 17  2011
-r-xr-xr-x 1 daniel daniel    164836 Sep 17  2011
-r-xr-xr-x 1 daniel daniel   1503303 Sep 17  2011
-r-xr-xr-x 1 daniel daniel   1477446 Sep 17  2011
-r--r--r-- 1 daniel daniel   2095661 Sep 17  2011 ojdbc5.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 daniel daniel   2714016 Sep 17  2011 ojdbc6.jar
drwxrwxr-x 4 daniel daniel      4096 Sep 17  2011 sdk
-r-xr-xr-x 1 daniel daniel      9352 Sep 17  2011 sqlplus
-rw-rw-r-- 1 daniel daniel       441 Sep 17  2011 SQLPLUS_README
-rwxrwxr-x 1 daniel daniel    191237 Sep 17  2011 uidrvci
-rw-rw-r-- 1 daniel daniel     66779 Sep 17  2011 xstreams.jar

for the environment I created a little file and sourced it:

mkdir -p ~/oracle/instantclient_11_2/network/admin
. ./

before going on you should test if you can execute sqlplus ( if this does not work something is wrong with your environment ):

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Fri Aug 31 07:26:46 2012
Copyright (c) 1982, 2011, Oracle.  All rights reserved.
Enter user-name: 

as a final test create a tnsnames.ora file with the connection parameters for your database and check if you can establish a connection:

echo "my_oracle_db=
  )" >> ~/oracle/instantclient_11_2/network/admin/tnsnames.ora

let’s see if it works:

sqlplus my_oracle_usr/oracle@my_oracle_db
SQL*Plus: Release Production on Fri Aug 31 07:53:44 2012
Copyright (c) 1982, 2011, Oracle.  All rights reserved.
| This system is for the use of authorized users only.		  |
| Individuals using this computer system without authority, or in |
| excess of their authority, are subject to having all of their   |
| activities on this system monitored and recorded by system	  |
| personnel.							  |
Connected to:
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - Production
With the Partitioning, Automatic Storage Management, OLAP, Data Mining
and Real Application Testing options

as expected.

so far for the oracle part. because DBD::Oracle is a driver for the DBI package you probably need to install it first. you should have cpan installed along with your perl distribution.

which cpan

if it’s not there search with your package manager and install it. for ubuntu/debian based distributions:

apt search cpan

for rpm based distributions:

yum search cpan

cpan requires an initial setup, but as this is straight forward I’ll just mention the important questions/answers:

Would you like to configure as much as possible automatically? [yes] yes
What approach do you want?  (Choose 'local::lib', 'sudo' or 'manual')
 [local::lib] sudo

that’s it. now we are ready to install the DBI module:

install DBI

for the DBD::Oracle module I decided to just download the source file and to do a manual compilation/installation:

get DBD::Oracle
cd ~/.cpan/build/DBD-Oracle-1.50*
perl Makefile.PL
sudo make install

easy, isn’t it ?

create a little perl script and see if you can execute a test-statement:

echo "#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use warnings;
use DBI;
my @results;
my $db = DBI->connect ( 'dbi:Oracle:host=;sid=dbs300;port=1530', 'my_oracle_usr/oracle', '' )
         or die "Connection failed: ". DBI->errstr;
my $sql = $db->prepare('SELECT \'connected\' FROM DUAL' )
         or die "Statement preparation failed: ". $db->errstr;
      or die "Statement execution failed:".$sql->errstr;
while ( @results = $sql->fetchrow_array() ) {
   print "$results[0] \n";
1;" >>
chmod u+x

time to have fun with perl and oracle :)

4 responses to install the oracle instant client and DBD::Oracle on Linux Mint 12 ( or any other linux )


    U said “for environment u created a little file and source it” with given code…
    bt how/where exactly u wrote down that code??


    jade, i do not excatly understand your question. can you please be more precise?
    cheers, daniel


    Thanks for this post, it really helped simplify oracle setup for me. Worked as posted on Mint 15 as weel but ran into a few issues on Mint 17 XFCE which I thought I’d share:
    – the cpan install of DBI fails with error: “/usr/lib/perl/5.18/CORE/perl.h:650:24: fatal error: sys/types.h: No such file or directory” so I indtalled DBI (libdbi-perl) using the software manager instead and that seemed to work.
    – for DBD::Oracle the “make”compilation terminated the first time around with: “/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-linux-gnu/4.8/include-fixed/limits.h:168:61: fatal error: limits.h: No such file or directory” after googling a bit I installed gcc-4.8-multilib using software manager, re-ran make… Success!
    Tested using test cgi script and bingo it works. Thanks again D.W.

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