Automating Oracle database Shutdown and Startup by systemd


Oracle Linux Server release 7.3 (or Redhat 7.3)
Oracle database


MOSC Oracle Doc ID 2229679.1, Doc ID 2049901.1
Overview of systemd for RHEL 7

Automating by systemd

alternatives are Oracle Restart or SysV init ( /etc/init.d in older Linux).
Service Unit file typically has extension .service and stored in
For more details read Chapter 9. Managing Services with systemd

Create or edit a service unit file:
cd /etc/systemd/system
vi oracle_database.service
Description=The Oracle Database Service

# memlock limit is needed for SGA to use HugePages

Please use absolute path here
# ExecStart=$ORACLE_HOME/bin/dbstart $ORACLE_HOME &
# First argument of dbstart is used to bring up Listener
ExecStart=/opt/oracle/product/12.1.0/se2_1/bin/dbstart /opt/oracle/product/12.1.0/se2_1 &
ExecStop=/opt/oracle/product/12.1.0/se2_1/bin/dbshut /opt/oracle/product/12.1.0/se2_1

# Puts wants directive for the other units in the relationship


First argument of dbstart/dbshut is used to bring up/shutdown Oracle Listener. This script will start all databases listed in the /etc/oratab file whose third field is a "Y". If you use ASM or cluster services, read more in dbstart description.

Huge Pages
systemd ignores /etc/security/limits.conf. If HugePages are configured, you need to use LimitMEMLOCK and LimitNOFILE, otherwise SGA will use small pages and database alert log will show:
 Increase per process memlock (soft) limit to at least 2050MB to lock 100% of SHARED GLOBAL AREA (SGA) pages into physical memory

TimeoutStopSec=   Configures the time to wait for stop. If a service is asked to stop, but does not terminate in the specified time, it will be terminated forcibly via SIGTERM, and after another timeout of equal duration with SIGKILL (see KillMode= in systemd.kill(5)). Takes a unit-less value in seconds, or a time span value such as "5min 20s". Pass "infinity" to disable the timeout logic. Defaults to DefaultTimeoutStopSec= from the manager configuration file (see systemd-system.conf(5)).
For more info use
man systemd.service

reload systemd and enable the service:
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl enable oracle_database.service
list services:
systemctl list-unit-files --type service|grep oracle
Start the service and check its status
systemctl start oracle_database.service
systemctl status oracle_database.service

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