This article describes how to install the Oracle Forms and Reports service.

My setup

Oracle VM
Oracle Linux 5.10 (64 bit)

My software to install

JDK 1.7_45
Weblogic 10.3.6
Forms 11.1.2.1

Lets start

First install the JDK (I installed it as root). Download it here.

Extract it (use tar -xvf) in a directory, e.g. /usr/lib/java-1.7.0/

tar -xvf <filename> -C /usr/lib/java-1.7.0/

and make it the java version-to-use with alternatives

/usr/sbin/alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java <full path to your java executable> <java version number>

e.g.

/usr/sbin/alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/lib/java-1.7.0/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/java 17045

then check your java version with

java -version

Second, meet the requirements for your Linux OS x86_64 and install the necessary packages (install as root):

yum install binutils compat-libstdc++ elfutils-libelf elfutils-libelf-devel gcc gcc-c++ glibc glibc-common glibc-devel libaio libaio-devel libgcc libstdc++ libstdc++-devel libXext libXtst libXi make openmotif openmotif22 redhat-lsb sysstat xorg-x11-utils

Third, install the Weblogic server using the wls1036_generic.jar file. Download it here.

Install it with the following command (64 bit, not as root)

java -d64 -Xmx1024m -jar wls1036_generic.jar

An Oracle installer window will appear, follow the instructions. You only need to install the WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence is an option. So, choose Custom install when asked to choose the install type.

Once installed, leave the quick start checkbox checked and press done. The quick start window will start.
In the quick start window, choose to create a new domain. Press the next button 2 times in the window that follows.

  • As a domain location, choose a location outside the middleware directory and press next. 
  • Then supply a password for the weblogic user and press next.
  • Choose a mode and press next.
  • Press next and then create
  • Close the quickstart window

 Check if the WebLogic server works with the following url: http://<your host>:7001/console

If the console doesn't work, start it with the startWebLogic.sh script which resides in your domain directory, and try again

Close the browser, press ctrl+c in your terminal to stop the WebLogic server.

Fourth and last, install the Forms and Reports service. Download it here.

Extract it in a directory, e.g. <your home>/forms/

Start the installation script

./<your home>/forms/Disk1/runInstaller

If you receive a "permission denied" then run the following commands to allow execution of certain scripts:

chmod 774 ./<your home>/forms/Disk1/runInstaller
chmod 774 ./<your home>/forms/Disk1/install/linux64/runInstaller
chmod 774 ./<your home>/forms/Disk1/install/linux64/unzip

When the installer proceeds, an Oracle Forms and Reports Installation window will appear.
Press OK and then execute the script, as root, as mentioned in the message window.
Then press OK.

Another window appears, follow the instructions.
I choose to "skip updates" and "Install software - do not configure". We will configure after the installation.

Once installed, another script needs to be executed as root. Then press OK and Finish.

As a final step, we need to configure the Forms and Reports service. 

Start the config.sh script in the bin directory of your Oracle (Forms and Reports) Home.
Press next, 2 options, Deployment or Development. Choose what you need.
I choose Deployment. When asked to select a Domain, choose to Create Domain.
I also choose to only install Oracle Forms (no reports), Auto Port Configuration, no use of Application Identity Store.

Press next and then configure and wait...

Be patient, it'll take a while and then press next and finish.

That's it!

Verify your installation by following these instructions.

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