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OFA means Oracle Flexible Architecture and this is recommended oracle directory architecture for Oracle installation and storing files. After years of eperiences of customers of Oracle, Oracle corporation comes up with new recommendations to make product better and better.
In 11.g it is even not recommended to store oracle inventory under oracle base directory. So oracle inventory should be /u01/app/oraInventory and base directory should be /u01/app/oracle/
When you violate OFA, you receive a warning, but, still it will allow you to install anything any where on the file system.
Followig document may clear some of your doubts.
stevepence wrote:You have to make 1 of 2 choices.
Thanks to both of you for responding. Sadly, neither link addresses my issue specifically, i.e. regards a warning that $OB should not be in oracle user's home directory.
Is there a link for a current OFA specification?
1) Ignore the nag-o-gram message
2) Create some new directory & use it for ORACLE_BASE
do NOT make this more complicated than it is.