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I'm trying to install Oracle 11g on Linux and have already configured the variables and X-host but can't able to create Central Inventory.

My Central Inventory location is /u01/app/u0 and group name is dba.

It throw an error:

error [INS-32033] Central Inventory location is not writable.

I have already tried chmod 755.

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Who's the owner of the directory? – Andrew Brennan Jun 27 '14 at 10:07
oinstall usually owns the inventory, I think – Phil Jun 27 '14 at 13:50
There's no one fix for this problem, but you can try : chmod -R 770 <OracleInventory> It would be very interesting to know what the ouput of that command is on your server. – tvCa Jan 31 '15 at 11:55

But the central inventory location should be /u01/app/oracle/oraInventory, not what you have. It is much better to follow the recommandations of Oracle for directories naming (see OFA section in installation guide).

check what is the id and the group of the user running the runInstaller, usually it is oracle:oinstall

then as user root

mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle
chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01/app/oracle (assuming oracle:oinstall)

before starting runInstaller make sure you don't have the env variable ORACLE_HOME set. You don't need to set ORACLE_BASE, but if you do then it should be pointing to /u01/app/oracle. So

export ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle

If the env variable ORACLE_BASE is not set, Oracle is clever enough to recognize /u01/app/oracle as the standard ORACLE_BASE location

Note: as a side note, standardize the id of user oracle and the gid of groups oinstall and dba accross all your system, i.e use the same values everywhere.

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I respect recommendations, but in the end one can choose the location of your central inventory, if one thinks it is smarter than the recommendation. It's not mandatory to choose the directory you've mentioned. – tvCa Jan 31 '15 at 11:49

I've had the same issue you are facing.

solution was:

mkdir -p /u01/app/oraInventory
chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01/app/oraInventory
chmod -R 775 /u01/app/oraInventory

I hope it works for you.

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