Hello All,

I need to silently uninstall Oracle8i. It is not taking any command line switch for silent uninstallation.
The application version is 8.1.7.
I tried with many options, but with no clue.

Can anyone pls help me with this.

Thanks in advance.
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You need to use the bundled Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) to create the appropriate response (.rsp) files.

Don't listen to anyone telling you to repackage it.. it can be done but unless you know the product inside out you could end up in a world of hurt.

Use the OUI.. it's easy and does the job perfectly.

Cheers,
Rob.
Answered 09/11/2009 by: MSIPackager
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I agree with Rob, there is info in the Packaging KB to this end.

If the guy who deployed it in your organization repackaged it, the Oracle uninstaller probably won't work but hopefully his/her uninstaller will.

My only beef with the Oracle installer (actually, I have about 50 beefs, but this is my biggest one) is that you can't chain the patches on install. Once you install the base Oracle app, you have to somehow capture when it is done so that you can start the patch install. This is pretty much impossible to do because the installer spawns a random number of java processes that do the heavy lifting. If anyone has found a fix for this issue, let me know.
Answered 09/11/2009 by: turbokitty
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Yeah sorry I didn't notice it said uninstall!

I agree about the chained installations.. we have a wise script wrapper that watches for processes to finish before kicking off the next job. You could obv do the same with vbscript but I'm not aware you can do it natively which is rubbish.

OUI ain't pretty but it does the job.

Cheers,
Rob.
Answered 09/11/2009 by: MSIPackager
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Depending on how the install was done,,,,,
If OUI doesn't work because of "interesting" install methods, you can very easly rip out Oracle by the throat, but this will clober all versions of Oracle.
Delete the directory Oracle is installed in, c:\Program Files\Oracle, HKLM\Software\Oracle, & the Oracle entry in the Path.

This should be last resort, but works pretty well.
Answered 09/13/2009 by: sbequette
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Thanks for the reply.

I am not sure whether i have said my requirement correctly.

I have created wrapper MSI and the installation is fine.
I need to un- install the application silently I have used setup.exe –deinstall – silent -force
But the uninstallation is not happening.

Thanks again.
Answered 09/13/2009 by: getIT
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setup.exe –deinstall – silent -force I believe you have to indicate where the unattended response file is. Although this page http://www.appdeploy.com/packages/detail.asp?id=759 deals with Oracle Client, the installer is the same across all Oracle's product line which I've come across, meaning that the switches used for that are also valid.
Answered 09/14/2009 by: VBScab
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[color="#000033" size="2"][font="trebuchet ms"]Yes, I am indicating the physical location of response file.
This is the exact command line i use-
[color="#000033" size="2"][font="trebuchet ms"]Setup.exe –deinstall –force – silent –responsefile <location of the file>

Please assist me with a solution, as i am stuck with this :(

Thanks again.
Answered 09/14/2009 by: getIT
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That looks OK to me. What does the install log say?

Could this http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B19306_01/em.102/b16227/oui4_response_files.htm#i1006121 provide a clue? I'm thinking particularly about this note: Note that when the -silent flag is specified and there are no values specified to a particular variable in a dialog, then the installer will stop. The success or failure of the installation, when this flag is specified, is generated as follows:
  • In a file named silentInstall<timestamp>.log for hosts without an Oracle inventory. This file will be generated in the /tmp directory on UNIX and the directory specified by the variable TEMP on Windows platforms.
You should also have a DEINSTALL_LST entry in the response file.
Answered 09/14/2009 by: VBScab
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Not sure about version 8 but here's my info from 10:
setup -silent -deinstall -nowait -responseFile blah.rsp

<things in the rsp to double check>
FROM_LOCATION="FROM_LOCATION="../stage/products.xml"
ORACLE_HOME=
ORACLE_HOME_NAME=
DEINSTALL_LIST=
REMOVE_HOMES=

I can't remember now, but perhaps I recorded the uninstall RSP as well.
Answered 09/14/2009 by: turbokitty
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