oraInventory Location & oraInst.loc on Windows , Linux , Unix

Oracle Software (Database, OID, HTTP Server, Forms & Report, Discoverer …) installation issues are logged under oraInventory/logs/[filename].log (for more on oraInventory click here ) but how to identify oraInventory location on system ?

Oracle Inventory Pointer oraInst.loc (registry variable inst_loc for windows)  determines oraInventory location

  • oraInventory location in windows : INST_LOC – “c:\program files\Oracle\Inventory
  • oraInventory default location in Linux, AIX : Directory mentioned in /etc/oraInst.loc
  • oraInventory default location in Solaris: Directory mentioned in /var/opt/oracle / oraInst.loc
  • oraInventory default location in HP OpenVMS: Directory under sys$login



To find INST_LOC registry variable in windows : Start > Run > regedit > HKLM > Software > Oracle




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I just installed Oracle XE onto a fresh Windows XP VM, but do not see int_loc anywhere under HTLM\Software\Oracle, nor do I see Inventory folder under C:\Program Files\Oracle

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