Error "The oracle instance is not empty" When Installing Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (Doc ID 1320797.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Applies to:

Oracle Fusion Middleware - Version: 11.1.1.2.0 and later   [Release: Oracle11g and later ]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

Installing Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Web Tier Utilities fails with the following error reported in oraInstall<timestamp>.err:

oracle.as.config.exception.LocationAlreadyUsedException: The oracle instance is not empty. Select a different location or remove the instance at this location.
at oracle.as.config.impl.OperationValidator.validateInstanceLocationForCreate(OperationValidator.java:205)
at oracle.as.config.impl.OracleASInstanceImpl.create(OracleASInstanceImpl.java:78)
at oracle.as.install.webtiercd.webtierconfig.util.CreateASInstance.createASInstanceWrapper(CreateASInstance.java:137)
at oracle.as.install.webtiercd.webtierconfig.util.CreateASInstance.createStandaloneASInstance(CreateASInstance.java:83)
at oracle.as.install.webtiercd.webtierconfig.actions.WebtierConfigurationAction.configureInstanceStandalone(WebtierConfigurationAction.java:590)
at oracle.as.install.webtiercd.webtierconfig.actions.WebtierConfigurationAction.configureStandalone(WebtierConfigurationAction.java:441)
...

Cause

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