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Unistall Oracle with Faulty Uninstaller

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Hi
I have the following problem. Any help is greatly appreciated.

I have installed Oracle Enterprise Version 9i. During installation,
something went wrong and it doesnt work ( was trying to get only the
packages I wanted). I am now trying to uninstall and reinstall again.
I have tried the following:

1. Use the universal uninstaller. Hangs when I go to uninstall
products. I suspect the problem is somewhere in the oracle inventory
file. Since uninstaller cannot read the inventory, cannot perform
uninstall. I sometimes get a "cannot obtain lock" message. I cannot
even get a list of existing products.

2. Manual uninstalling by removing the oracle folder. Fails because
the file apache.exe is in use. Tried to manuanlly killing apache.exe
thread but failed. It appears that I have 2 apache.exe threads running
at the same time. Thus I cant kill one or the other. Result, oracle
still there.

I suspect I must have done something to cause oracle to run in the
background somehow. I have a isqlplus process running and it cannot be
killed. Tells me its in use. Its there even if I manually deleta the
sqlplus folder.

Thanks
Jul 19 '05 #1
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Hi
I have the following problem. Any help is greatly appreciated.

I have installed Oracle Enterprise Version 9i. During installation,
something went wrong and it doesnt work ( was trying to get only the
packages I wanted). I am now trying to uninstall and reinstall again.
I have tried the following:

1. Use the universal uninstaller. Hangs when I go to uninstall
products. I suspect the problem is somewhere in the oracle inventory
file. Since uninstaller cannot read the inventory, cannot perform
uninstall. I sometimes get a "cannot obtain lock" message. I cannot
even get a list of existing products.

2. Manual uninstalling by removing the oracle folder. Fails because
the file apache.exe is in use. Tried to manuanlly killing apache.exe
thread but failed. It appears that I have 2 apache.exe threads running
at the same time. Thus I cant kill one or the other. Result, oracle
still there.

I suspect I must have done something to cause oracle to run in the
background somehow. I have a isqlplus process running and it cannot be
killed. Tells me its in use. Its there even if I manually deleta the
sqlplus folder.

Thanks


Apache is a *SERVICE*. Does that ring a bell? Why don't you just
stop the service?
The main thing you have done until now is not reading the
documentaion. Oracle is implemented as a service, so always runs in
the background.

Sybrand Bakker
Senior Oracle DBA
Jul 19 '05 #2

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