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Adding note about installing on 32-bit (i386) OS.
This document outlines step by step instructions how to install Oracle SQL-Developer 3.x on Ubuntu 11.10 and has been tested using Oracle SQL-Developer 3 (Production) and 3.1 (Early Adapter).
Install Linux Ubuntu
Install Java JDK
Install Oracle SQL Developer
Configure Path to Java
Create Unity Launcher
1. Install Linux Ubuntu
The following assumes you have installed Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop Edition for 32-bit or 64-bit, or upgraded from a previous version. You can download Ubuntu for free at: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu and install it using the default settings provided.
Note: You should apply the latest OS patch-sets by clicking the power button icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen and selecting "Software Up To date & Check" or "Updates available..."
2. Install Java JDK
Oracle SQL Developer requires Java SDK. Open a Terminal command prompt (Ctrl-Alt-t) and enter the following:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk
3. Install Oracle SQL Developer
Download Oracle SQL Developer for other platforms from http://otn.oracle.com/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads.
Then enter the following commands:
Note: You may need to change filename according to the current available version.
4. Configure Path to Java
SQL-Developer needs to know how to find your Java Developer Kit:
Note: You need to specify /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk-i386 on 32-bit OS installations.
5. Create Unity Launcher
Cut & paste the following into a terminal command prompt in order to register the SQL Developer Launcher:
Cut and past the following into the terminal window:
cat > sqldeveloper.desktop <<EOF
Continue as following:
sudo cp sqldeveloper.desktop /usr/share/applications
You can create a SQL Developer Launcher icon on your Desktop by selecting the Ubuntu Logo icon, located at the top of the Unity dock, then type "sql" in the search field and drag the found icon to your desktop.
The following allows to activate or deactivate terminal output in order to troubleshoot SQL Developer.
sed -i 's/Terminal=false/Terminal=true/g' ~/Desktop/sqldeveloper.desktop
or switch it off:
sed -i 's/Terminal=false/Terminal=false/g' ~/Desktop/sqldeveloper.desktop
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