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I'm trying to package Oracle 10g client but the business wants it to be installed in %programfiles%. When going through the install it fails as it doesn't like spaces in the name, it then allows it to proceed with a warning but not sure if this will mess up oracle later.

Has anyone else got this installed into a path with spaces? If so, how?
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Have you tried using short filenames, progra~1?
I haven't ever tried it myself, so I would still say it could give you trouble afterwards. Can't you just tell them it's not allowed by oracle? should be enough of an argument....
Answered 01/06/2011 by: Rheuvel
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I think "C:\Progra~1" would be right one instead of using "C:\Program Files"
Answered 01/06/2011 by: mekaywe
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Bingo.. that seems to work with no issues (hopefully down the track we don't see anything break).

Many thanks!
Answered 01/06/2011 by: Micka007
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What happens if, say, your build requires a folder 'C:\Program Data'? If this folder gets created first, IT becomes C:\PROGRA~1 and 'C:\Program Files' becomes C:\PROGRA~2 9assuming it's second...)

Oops!

The rule of thumb with Oracle is: don't futz with it. Yes, it's a pain that, in 2011, it still doesn't use an approved folder structure. Live with it.
Answered 01/06/2011 by: VBScab
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hmm good point. I'll flag that to the business as it's required for both 2000, XP & 7.

I am happy to keep it in c:\oracle but what the business wants :P
Answered 01/06/2011 by: Micka007
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are you creating a .rsp or .msi
Answered 01/06/2011 by: cygan
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.msi as the business has it as a corporate standard that everything must be msi'd (very painful)
Answered 01/06/2011 by: Micka007
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Being an Oracle site doesn't happen overnight so, do they have an existing package which installs Oracle in a fully-operational state? Does *it* install to %ProgramFiles%?
Answered 01/06/2011 by: VBScab
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@Ian

Of course what you said is valid, but C:\Program Files is a system folder and will be created when OS is installed, so no chance it can become C:\progra~2

And also, In Windows Vista/7 by default there will be another folder as you said C:\ProgramData but it is considered as C:\progra~2.

Ian, Can you give me any idea if there is any way that C:\program files may be treated as C:\progra~1
Answered 01/06/2011 by: mekaywe
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I was trying to make a generalised point about assumptions with folder names. At the client I'm currently working for, a packager had assumed that MS Office would always be in C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1. Most times, it will, but his package failed in spectacular style on the CFO's PC...he didn't last long.
Answered 01/06/2011 by: VBScab
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