Installing Oracle Forms/Reports on Red Hat 5 (64-bit)

Peter Lorenzen

I have a new and improved post about installing Forms/Reports
I have a new and improved post about installing Forms/Reports

My first installation of Forms/Reports services on a Weblogic server was not as easy as I would have expected so I thought I would share the steps.

First have a look at the Installation Guide for Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports and Discoverer


Download the software

Prepare the OS
I am using Red Hat 5.x 64-bit. Check the System Requirements for UNIX Operating Systems.

Create user, group and directories:

groupadd oinstall
useradd -g oinstall -G oinstall oracle
passwd oracle

mkdir -p /data01/app/
mkdir -p /data01/app/oracle
mkdir -p /data01/app/oracle/product
mkdir /data01/tmp

chown -R oracle:oinstall /data01/app/
chmod -R 775 /data01/app/

The Reports service is named like this: “RptSvr_[myHostName]”. The name cannot be longer than 30 characters.
I got an error because it used the server name including the domain ( Invalid component name:  (Component name must begin with an alphabetic
character; may only contain alphanumeric characters, or the underscore (_) or
hyphen (-) characters; and must be 4 to 30 characters long.)

I solved this by inserting this in the hosts file: wintermute

Then the service name will be RptSvr_wintermute.

I got the below error because the Report service could not be started:

Process (index=1,uid=1000236589,pid=26680)
failed to start a managed process after the maximum retry limit

This was because the local firewall on the server was running. Reports is broadcasting something on port 14021. As soon as I allowed 14021:udp in the firewall it worked fine.

Install JRockit



Install Weblogic server 10.3.4
Forms/Reports is not certified with Weblogic 10.3.5 so use 10.3.4. For more information checke MOS article 1316076.1.
Take care when downloading the wls1034_generic.jar file since some browsers will rename it to

/data01/app/oracle/product/jrockit-jdk1.6.0_26-R28.1.4-4.0.1/bin/java -jar wls1034_generic.jar -log=wls_install.log is only needed if there is not enough tmp space.
Below I have ignored the screens where you can sign up for security updates etc.


Install the latest Weblogic CPU/PSU

Weblogic 10.3.4 July 2011 CPU/PSU (Patch 12357891)

mkdir /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/utils/bsu/cache_dir/
cp H94Y.jar /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/utils/bsu/cache_dir/.
cp patch-catalog_15776.xml /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/utils/bsu/

Make sure that the patch-catalog_15776.xml is renamed to patch-catalog.xml!

cd /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/utils/bsu/
./ -prod_dir=/data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/wlserver_10.3
 -patchlist=H94Y -verbose -install

Verify that the patch is installed.

./ -prod_dir=/data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/wlserver_10.3
 -status=applied -verbose -view

Install Forms/Reports version

cd ofm_pfrd_linux_11.

Below I have ignored the screens where you can sign up for security updates etc.


cd /home/oracle/oraInventory
Setting the inventory to /home/oracle/oraInventory
Setting the group name to oinstall
Creating the Oracle inventory pointer file (/etc/oraInst.loc)
Changing permissions of /home/oracle/oraInventory to 770.
Changing groupname of /home/oracle/oraInventory to oinstall.
The execution of the script is complete


The above screen will be repeated for all the disks (several times).


cd /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/pfrd_binaries


Patch Forms/Reports to version

Patch 11060983.

cd p11060983_111140_Linux-x86-64/Disk1

Below I have ignored the screens where you can sign up for security updates etc.


cd /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/pfrd_binaries


Install the latest version of opatch

unzip -d /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw

Install the latest Forms/Reports CPU

Forms/Reports July 2011 CPU (12434184)

cd p12434184_111140_Linux-x86-64/12434184
/data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/pfrd_binaries/OPatch/opatch apply

Configure Forms/Reports

cd /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/pfrd_binaries/bin

Below I have ignored the screens where you can sign up for security updates etc.

When you press configure it might take a long time before it proceeds so be patient πŸ™‚

Homes overview
There is a wealth of homes in this installation:

  • Domain Home – /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/user_projects/domains/FormsReports
  • Instance Home – /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/instances/FRinst
  • Middleware Home – /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw
  • Oracle Commone Home – /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/oracle_common
  • Oracle Home – /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/pfrd_binaries
  • Weblogic Server Home – /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/wlserver_10.3

For more information check the Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Planning Guide.

Verifying the Installation

OPMN status:

cd /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/instances/FRinst/bin
 ./opmnctl status -l
Processes in Instance: FRinst
ias-component                    | process-type       |     pid | status   |        uid |  memused |    uptime | ports
emagent_FRinst                   | EMAGENT            |    6332 | Alive    | 1120212237 |    63828 |   2:45:41 | N/A
RptSvr_wintermute_FRinst         | ReportsServerComp~ |    7644 | Alive    | 1120212239 |    63828 |   2:34:25 | N/A
ohs1                             | OHS                |    5467 | Alive    | 1120212232 |   144976 |   3:07:36 | https:8889,https:8890,http:8888

Checking Browser URLs:
If you are not sure which ports are used check this file: /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/pfrd_binaries/install/portlist.ini

#Sun Aug 28 01:32:58 CEST 2011

Administration Server Console – http://wintermute:7001/console
Enterprise Manager Console – http://wintermute:7001/em
Enterprise Manager Agent – http://wintermute:5155/emd/main
Oracle Forms – http://wintermute:8888/forms/frmservlet
Oracle Reports – http://wintermute:8888/reports/rwservlet

Configure automatic start of the servers/processes
I always use the Node Manager to restart the Weblogic servers after a server boot. If you don’t want to use the Node Manager have a look at this MOS note:
“Sample Script (Unix): Start / Stop Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g OPMN and WebLogic Components [ID 1060855.1]”

Besides Weblogic we also need to start the opmn processes.

I did the following:
1. Set CrashRecoveryEnabled=true in Weblogic_Server_Home/common/nodemanager/
2. Set the NodeManager Username and Password in the Admin server console. Domain => Security => Advanced
3. Created two (+init script) boot scripts:
4. Added them

cd /etc/init.d
chkconfig --add fmwNodeManager
chkconfig --level 3 fmwNodeManager on
chkconfig --level 5 fmwNodeManager on
chkconfig --list fmwNodeManager

chkconfig --add opmn
chkconfig --level 3 opmn on
chkconfig --level 5 opmn on
chkconfig --list opmn

5. Stop/start everything manually
Stop all Weblogic servers via the Admin server console and killing the Node Manager process.
Start the Node Manager via:

/etc/init.d/fmwNodeManager start

Start the Admin server via:

. /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/user_projects/domains/FormsReports/bin/
java weblogic.WLST 

Start the two Managed servers via the Admin Server console.
6. Boot the server and check if everything starts up.

Configure OCM
As far as I know OCM will default upgrade it self if it has a direct connection to Oracle via the Internet.
But I normally do this manually πŸ™‚

Download the latest OCM from MOS.

This installation contains two OCM installations:

I assume that it does not make a difference which one you use.

rm -rf /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/utils/ccr
unzip -d /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/utils
. /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/user_projects/domains/FormsReports/
export ORACLE_HOME=/data01/app/oracle/product/fmw/utils
export JAVA_HOME=/data01/app/oracle/product/jrockit-jdk
cd $ORACLE_HOME/ccr/bin
./setupCCR -s 12345678 DK

Verify that it is working:

cd $ORACLE_HOME/ccr/bin
./emCCR start
./emCCR status
./emCCR -register test
./emCCR -verbose test
./emCCR register
./emCCR collect
./emCCR upload
./emCCR disable_target

You need to restart the Weblogic Admin server before OCM will pickup all the targets.

Create soft link as JRockit “alias”
I always create a softlink for the JDK and reference it everywhere so it is easier to upgrade it.

ln -s /data01/app/oracle/product/jrockit-jdk1.6.0_26-R28.1.4-4.0.1

Stop the Weblogic servers/processes (Admin, Managed, Node Manager).
Replace the paths to the JDK:

cd /data01/app/oracle/product/fmw
find . -type f -exec sed -i "s/\/data01\/app\/oracle\/product\/jrockit-jdk
1.6.0_26-R28.1.4-4.0.1/\/data01\/app\/oracle\/product\/java_current/g" {} \;

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Fereshteh September 28, 2011 at 07:20

Dear Mr. Lorenzen
Thanks a lot for your helpful document.
I have RHEL5 on a 64 bit box and installing weblogic 10.3.2 and form/report form/report configuration I get this error message:

“/u01/Oracle/Middleware/as_1/bin/rwserver: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory”

These are some related info:
ls -l `find / -name* -print`
-rw-r—– 1 oracle oinstall 466376 Sep 12 2005 /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/lib/stubs/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 oracle oinstall 25 Sep 27 15:45 /u01/Oracle/Middleware/as_1/lib32/stubs/ -> /usr/lib64/
-rw-r—– 1 oracle oinstall 361729 Sep 27 15:43 /u01/Oracle/Middleware/as_1/lib32/stubs/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 oracle oinstall 25 Sep 27 15:45 /u01/Oracle/Middleware/as_1/lib/stubs/ -> /usr/lib64/
-rw-r—– 1 oracle oinstall 415469 Sep 27 15:43 /u01/Oracle/Middleware/as_1/lib/stubs/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 14 Sep 21 14:20 /usr/lib64/ ->
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2836528 Mar 2 2010 /usr/lib64/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 25 Sep 27 15:13 /usr/lib/ -> /usr/lib64/
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2542860 Nov 14 2006 /usr/lib/

# ldconfig -p |grep (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib64/ (libc6) => /usr/lib/

what should I do?

Thanks in advanced

LD_LIBRARY_PATH is /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/lib:/lib:/usr/lib:/usr/lib64

Peter Lorenzen September 28, 2011 at 13:46

Hi Fereshteh,
Looks like you are missing some packages like openmotif22. Did you go through the requirements for Red Hat 5.x before trying to install? Check this:
Regards Peter

fereshteh October 2, 2011 at 12:15

Dear Mr. Lorenzen
Thanks a lot for your help.
another problem : I copied a form (xxx.fmb , xxx.fmx) from Windows to Linux server in $FMW_HOME/as_1/forms (where the test.fmb exists) but when I run it in browser, I get this error:

FRM-40010: Cannot read from xxx.fmx
while test.fmb successfuly could be run.
what should i do?

Peter Lorenzen October 2, 2011 at 15:35

You cannot move a .fmx from Windows to Linux or from 32-bit server to 64-bit server. You should delete the .fmx file and then recompile the .fmb file on the Linux server.
Regards Peter

Fereshteh October 3, 2011 at 09:10

Thanks a lot for your help.

As you know Form/Report builder is not supported in RHEL5 (64 bit). Then I should compile forms with what tool?


Fereshteh October 3, 2011 at 12:42

I use in this way :
$ORACLE_INSTANCE/bin/ module=test2.fmx userid=user/pass@mydb

( env variablesORACLE_INSTANCE, ORACLE_HOME, are set properly)
the error is FRM-91500: Unable to start/complete the build.

what should i do?

Peter Lorenzen October 3, 2011 at 20:08

You can get that error for several reasons. Check “Master Note for Known Causes of FRM-91500 [ID 756384.1]” on MOS.
Regards Peter

Fereshte October 6, 2011 at 12:53

sorry to bother you.I’m newbi in Oracle, Idon’t know how i can find β€œMaster Note for Known Causes of FRM-91500 [ID 756384.1]” on MOS.(What is the meaning of MOS ?)
I searched the Oracle forum but couldn’t be successful.


Peter Lorenzen October 7, 2011 at 01:45

That is OK. MOS stands for My Oracle Support and can be accessed here:
It is the most important knowledge repository for Oracle information. Don’t just rely on Google but use MOS as the first place to look.
You need a support license to access MOS but if you are working processional with Oracle you should have access.
Regards Peter

fereshte October 8, 2011 at 06:33

Thanks alot dear friend.

Fereshte October 25, 2011 at 14:16

Dear Mr. Lorenzen
When I transfer a form from windows to my RHEL5 64-bit ,which has an Oracle Form, fonts of the form
are not readable, what should I do?


Peter Lorenzen October 25, 2011 at 15:54

I have not encountered that problem. I would assume that you use a Windows font that is not available on Linux. Maybe have a look at this MOS note: Configuration Script to add Common Windows Fonts to Unix 9i, 10g R1 and 10g R2 Reports Server [ID 261879.1]
Regards Peter

Abdul Hameed October 31, 2011 at 12:44

Dear Peter,

I have installed this same in windows environment its running fine.(for Developer Machine)
I wanted to install this in server side, How can i do that,, is there any concept like that to install in server side where forms and report developers can deploy the .fmb files.!???

I really doubt on this concept,, if the same installation from where the clients access this forms and report.Will you please explain me this concept clearly,,

If there is a concept for server side installation kindly let me know the configurations and its software requirements.


Peter Lorenzen October 31, 2011 at 20:28

Hi Hamid,
I am not sure I understand πŸ™‚ What I describe in this blog post is the server side installation. You can do the same on Windows.
Regards Peter

Fereshte November 19, 2011 at 09:07

Hi dear Peter

you mean that you don’t have font problem with PDF reports which are located on Linux server and run from a Windows client?

(I did all steps in FRM-91500 [ID 756384.1 and relevance documents, but the font problem exists still.
NOTE: I have installed and configured Oracle Forms/Reports on Red Hat 5.5(64-bit)).
Can you shed some light on the way I miss.


fereshte November 19, 2011 at 13:13

Dear friend

The problem is solved now.its a miracle.
Please dont spend time to answer may latest question.

Thanks God and Thank you dear friend

shahnawaj February 7, 2012 at 16:51

Dear Peter,
please help me on installation oracle developer suite10g on red hat 5 ’32’bits.
i am unable to install this.pleaseeeeee……

Peter Lorenzen February 7, 2012 at 22:01

Have you checked Oracle Forms/Reports Certification Reference [ID 1050790.1] on Metalink and
As far as I can see Red hat 5 is not supported. You need Red hat 4.
Regards Peter

flosch February 21, 2012 at 17:32

Hi Peter,
I think Forms / Reports 11g R1 and R2 is NOT supported with JRockit!?
In certmatrix only Oracle JDK 1.6.0_18+ is mentioned.

Regards, Florian.

Kerstin March 21, 2012 at 19:02

Thank you for a great post. Saved me some headache, especially the firewall issue.
I also had a problem with webcache not starting:
Found this on oracle support:
Webcache Fails to Start with “Failed to assign port xxxx: Address family not supported by protocol” After FMW 11g Installation. [ID 1113163.1] and it helped to disable ipv6 in webcache.xml.
// Kerstin

Peter Lorenzen June 4, 2012 at 15:55

Hi Florian,
Yes. You are absolutely right. This is a bit surprising.
If you go to Forms you can use JDK 7 by the way.
Regards Peter

Ram December 17, 2013 at 22:41

Excellent article !!! Easy to follow and very descriptive. I was hoping such an article be available in MOS or at least the installation documentation.


Yuri SIlko February 21, 2014 at 14:05

I install Reports by this article.
All of them installed is ok.
When i configure Reports, i have a error with “Applying Oracle JRF Template” state is error.
Can i fix this issue ?

Peter Lorenzen February 21, 2014 at 17:42

Hi Yuri,
Do all your deployments have status Active in the Admin Console? I would assume that one of more of them is not target to a WebLogic server.
Regards Peter

Yuri SIlko February 24, 2014 at 11:04

I don’t check this. I stopped where i have this error.

Yuri SIlko February 25, 2014 at 13:29

i try install step-by-step with same path, but i have the same error with JRF templates. Besause it not applied, NodeManager not working. It says that JRF not apply – apply now. And nothing to do (

Yuri SIlko February 25, 2014 at 13:43

+ EM agent not wort too (

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