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runInstaller fails if there is a dot(.) in the username/id (Doc ID 2674672.1)

Last updated on JUNE 02, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 18.3.0.0.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

runInstaller fails immediately upon launching in 18c/19c Versions as below-

$ ./runInstaller

ERROR: Unable to run the setup script as user (<group name>). Run the setup script from a location where the Oracle Database software image is owned by user (<group name>).

When checked,oracle user has a dot(.) as part of the username-

$ id
uid=8001(svc.oracle) gid=8000(oracle) groups=8000(oracle)

 

Changes

 dot(.) is permissible as per POSIX Standards.man useradd states the below-

CAVEATS
Usernames may contain only lower and upper case letters, digits,
underscores, or dashes. They can end with a dollar sign.
       Dashes are not allowed at the beginning of the username. Fully numeric
usernames and usernames . or .. are also
       disallowed. It is not recommended to use usernames beginning with .
character as their home directories will be hidden in
       the ls output. In regular expression terms:
[a-zA-Z0-9_.][a-zA-Z0-9_.-]*[$]?

       Usernames may only be up to 32 characters long.

Cause

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