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GarryB wrote:Do not use ASMlib, so cannot provide definitive answers to question 1 and 3.
I see oracleasm binary available in */usr/sbin* and */etc/init.d* directories. Which one should I use?
As you can see below , the oracleasm binary available in /usr/sbin is not a soft link of oracleasm binary available in /etc/init.d
Question 2 however deals with standard Unix/Linux features.
The "stuff" in +/etc/init.d/+ is startup and shutdown scripts, used for service management. In RHEL Linux, the +/etc/rc.x+ directories specifies the services for a specific runlevel - and these are typically symbolic links to the service script in +/etc/init.d/+.
It is seldom that you would directly run a service via the command line. Services are usually configured with the service and chkconfig commands.
The "stuff" in +/usr/sbin+ is non-essential system binaries - system commands/utilities that (as I understand) are not needed when booting into single user mode to fix stuff.
So oracleasm in +/etc/init.d+ is not the same as the one in +/usr/sbin+.