I try to make Oracle start with the system via init.d on my Oracle Linux 7.3 machine.

I followed this example: https://oracle-base.com/articles/linux/automating-database-startup-and-shutdown-on-linux

This is my script to start the db:

# chkconfig: 345 99 10
# description: Oracle auto start-stop script.
# Set ORA_HOME to be equivalent to the $ORACLE_HOME
# from which you wish to execute dbstart and dbshut;
# Set ORA_OWNER to the user id of the owner of the 
# Oracle database in ORA_HOME.


case "$1" in
        # Start the Oracle databases:
        # The following command assumes that the oracle login 
        # will not prompt the user for any values
        # Remove "&" if you don't want startup as a background process.
        su $ORA_OWNER -c "$ORA_HOME/bin/lsnrctl start" &
        su $ORA_OWNER -c $ORA_HOME/bin/dbstart &
        touch /var/lock/subsys/dbora
        # Stop the Oracle databases:
        # The following command assumes that the oracle login 
        # will not prompt the user for any values
        su $ORA_OWNER -c $ORA_HOME/bin/dbshut
        su $ORA_OWNER -c "$ORA_HOME/bin/lsnrctl stop"
        rm -f /var/lock/subsys/dbora

Nothing happens upon start. I created soft links in /etc/rc0.d and /etc/rc3.d:

ln -s /etc/init.d/dbora /etc/rc0.d/K10dbora
ln -s /etc/init.d/dbora /etc/rc3.d/S99dbora
chkconfig --level 2345 dbora on

chkconfig lists the dbora.sh with runlevel 2345 on

manually starting with a short script works just fine, like this:

$ORACLE_HOME/bin/lsnrctl start

What am I missing?

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    I believe that Oracle Linux 7 does not use the traditional init, but has switched to systemd for controlling the system including stopping and starting services. You'll need to create a "unit configuration file" to stop and start Oracle. I'm sure there are examples floating around on the net. – wurtel Feb 7 '17 at 10:40
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    If you found a solution, followup with an answer so that others searching for this can find a solution. You're allowed to answer your own question as long as you give enough info, e.g. include the unit file. – wurtel Feb 8 '17 at 15:49

Thanks to wurtel, I found the solution. To get the Oracle DB running with the machine, I had to use systemd. Here's a Guide to it: https://oracle-base.com/articles/linux/automating-database-startup-and-shutdown-on-linux#oracle-11gr2-update

Follow the Oracle 11gR2+ Section (the last one) on how to create a startup.sh and a shutdown.sh. Then follow this tutorial, to setup the unit file: https://oracle-base.com/articles/linux/linux-services-systemd#creating-linux-services

Works like a charm :)

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