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I think you found my problem.
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$ <none> /export/home/oracle>cat /etc/oraInst.loc
I will edit this file and correct it and then let you know how it goes.
Well, after I got all the way through the installation screens, I got the error:
OUI-10182:The effective user ID does not match the owner of the file, or the process is not the super-user; the system indicates that super-user privilege is required
Originally, the oracle user was a different userID and group, but I've doubled checked everything I can think of and everything looks correct.
Checking passwd and group files, and showing result of ID (that I run as Oracle when I run the runInstaller).
uid=152(oracle) gid=501(dba) groups=501(dba)
$ grep oracle /etc/group
$ grep oracle /etc/passwd
Also, I should add that from the same screen that I ran the installer, I can touch a file in the /oracle/oraInventory location.
Well, before I removed (renamed) the /etc/oraInst.loc file so that the installer would work.
Now I renamed it back and now the installer works and it is actually doing the installation too now.
This is strange. No explanation.
I did remove some socket file that was in /tmp directory that was owned by the old oracle user (different ID and GID).
Anyway, that seems to have worked.
Noiw, when I ran root.sh, it asked me to overwrite the old dbhome, oraenv and coraenv files.
Of course, I said YES since this is now a different user ID and GID and totally new installation.