Month: April 2013

Turning Oracle Linux 6.1 Graphical

I have an experimental Oracle Linux VM that I am playing with, and I am going to want to try to run some desktop applications inside the image.  So, I want to enable the X Window Graphical Environment.

Here’s the command to install it all:

yum groupinstall “X Window System” XFCE

Then, I had to edit the /etc/inittab and change the “3” to a “5” (on the last line).

When I rebooted, it didn’t offer the login screen.  I had to press Alt+F2 to get to a regular login.  Then, I installed 2 more groups:

yum groupinstall Desktop “General Purpose Desktop”

I am not sure that this got me an XFCE Desktop, but it got me what I needed.


No Cheating: PeopleSoft 9.2 / PeopleTools 8.53 Need 64-bit

I know it hasn’t been supported for a while now, but I have been using some 32-bit hardware for testing non-production, non-critical stuff in PeopleSoft for a while now.  It’s been okay for just playing around.  While the 64-bit was certified, all of the Windows binaries were still actually 32-bit.  Linux was a different story … the binary on the Linux side was actually 64-bit and would not work on a 32-bit machine.

Well, I tried to install PeopleSoft 9.2, which requires PeopleTools 8.53.  It doesn’t work even on Windows.  This is the error message:

psadmin failing on 32-bits

Here’s the text if you can’t see the image:

The image file <path>\psadmin.exe is valid, but is for a machine type other than the current machine.

So, no more cheating.  If you want to play around with PeopleSoft, you have to have 64-bit hardware.