Installer cannot access the oraInventory

Ran into another interesting little challenge today.  While installing SOA Suite onto a machine which already had another, completely separate Oracle product installation on it (albeit under a different userid), the installer helpfully reported that it could not access /home/oracle/oraInventory.

To get around this, I went and copied the /etc/oraInst.loc file to /etc/fmwInst.loc and updated the contents to point to a new directory in my ‘fmw’ user’s home directory, and then ran the installer with the option to point to this new file:

runInstaller -invPtrLoc /etc/fmwInst.loc

About Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson is an Architect (an "IC6") in the Fusion Middleware Central Development Team at Oracle. Mark's job is to make Fusion Middleware easy to use in the cloud and at home, for developers and operations folks, with special focus on continuous delivery, configuration management and provisioning - making it simple to manage the configuration of complex environments and applications built with Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware and Fusion Applications, on-premise and in the cloud. Before joining this team, Mark was a senior member of the A-Team since 2010, and worked in Sales Consulting at Oracle since 2006 and various roles at IBM since 1994.
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