What is new in Oracle 11gR2 Relink

Oracle 11gR2 has two methods of relinking all product binaries in a home.

1. Traditional relink with ‘all’ option only:

The first method is the normal running the $ORACLE_HOME/bin/relink script, which now only accepts the ‘all’ parameter (no other parameters are accepted)

$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/relink all
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/relink ( By default it takes the 'all' parameter )

2. relink using runInstaller:

The installer in turn runs the below command. -relink : For performing relink actions on the oracle home.


-relink -maketargetsxml [location of maketargetsxml] [-makedepsxml [location of makedepsxml] [name=value]


$ORACLE_HOME/oui/bin/runInstaller -relink -waitForCompletion -maketargetsxml $ORACLE_HOME/inventory/make/makeorder.xml -logLocation $ORACLE_HOME/install ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_HOME > $ORACLE_HOME/install/relink.log 2>&1

Case 1: If relink is performed using OUI then “$ORACLE_HOME/install/relink.log” is not created by default. To send the relink output to $ORACLE_HOME/install/relink.log we need to redirect the output explicitly.

$ORACLE_HOME/oui/bin/runInstaller -relink -waitForCompletion -maketargetsxml $ORACLE_HOME/inventory/make/makeorder.xml -logDir $ORACLE_HOME/install ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_HOME > $ORACLE_HOME/install/relink.log 2>&1

Case 2: In case of “relink all” command, it always creates a new log file with the name “relink.log” and it will not append log information to the existing relink log file. The previous log will be saved with a timestamp (Ex: relinkActions2009-09-14_09-01-10-PM.log).