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Oracle Grid Engine,[1] previously known as Sun Grid Engine (SGE) was a version 6.2u7 of Sun SGE from Oracle

On October 22, 2013 Univa bought Oracle  acquired the intellectual property and trademarks for the Grid Engine technology. 

The Sun Grid Engine 6.2u7 (aka Oracle Grid engine) software was distributed via through electronic download. Contrary to Oracle documentation there is just one tar file that contain all files in a single directory.

The name of the file for OGE 6-2 release 7 is

Here is the content of the distribution tar file

# unzip  ../
Archive:  ../
  inflating: COPYRIGHT
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-arco.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-aix51.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-darwin-ppc.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-darwin-x86.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-hp11-64.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-hp11.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-linux24-i586.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-linux24-ia64.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-linux24-x64.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-solaris-i586.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-solaris-sparcv9.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-solaris-x64.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-bin-windows-x86.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-common.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-inspect.tar.gz
  inflating: oge-6_2u7-sources+gpl-code.tar.gz
  inflating: sdm-1_0u7-core.tar.gz
  inflating: sun-oge-arco-6.2-7.noarch.rpm
  inflating: sun-oge-bin-linux24-i586-6.2-7.i386.rpm
  inflating: sun-oge-bin-linux24-ia64-6.2-7.ia64.rpm
  inflating: sun-oge-bin-linux24-x64-6.2-7.x86_64.rpm
  inflating: sun-oge-common-6.2-7.noarch.rpm
  inflating: sun-oge-inspect-6.2-7.noarch.rpm
  inflating: sun-sdm-core-1.0-7.noarch.rpm
  inflating: webconsole3.0.2-linux.tar.gz
  inflating: webconsole3.0.2-solsparc.tar.gz   bad CRC c1bb0bee  (should be 6cd29ff0)
  inflating: webconsole3.0.2-solx86.tar.gz

As we can see the tar files contain platform-specific binaries and use the naming convention of sge-6_2-bin-architecture.tar.gz. 

There are also some RPM files


As far as I can understand RPM listed are identical in content to corresponding tar files.

The Sun Grid Engine 6.2 software supports the following operating systems and platforms for execution hosts. Only Unixes can be used for master host:

Content of RPM and installation from RPM

RPMs shipped with SGE are not real RPMs. They are proxy for tar files. And after you install them you can move the directory to necessary location and proceed with installation.

Creating SGE_ROOT directory and untarring files

For all supported operating systems, the software is distributed in tar.gz and zip formats. For Linux the tar method is the only one that is described in documentation but RPMs are actually a proxy for tar files and installation of RPMs is equivalent to unpacking tar files. As simple as that. 


  1. Create the installation directory. Should probably be a separate partition to simplify NFS export. For example:
    mkdir /opt/sge
  2. Export SGE-ROOT env. variable: 
    export SGE_ROOT=/opt/sge
  3. Untar the components for all architectures that are to be used by any of your master, execution, and submit hosts. In the simplest case when all you hosts are Linux 64 bit you need to untar just one tar file  gzip -dc oge-6_2u7-bin-linux24-x64.tar.gz
  4. Ensure that the file systems and directories that are to contain the Grid Engine software distribution and the spool and configuration files are set up properly by setting the access permissions as defined in File Access Permissions.  This is done by running
    ./util/ $SGE_ROOT

Here is a simple script that can be used (you need to set env. variable SGE_BASE to the directory where you unzipped the installation files or specify this path explicitly):

export SGE_BASE=/tmp/oge # directory to in which you unziped the distributionexport SGE_ROOT=/sge
gzip -dc $SGE_BASE/oge-6_2u7-common.tar.gz | tar xvpf -
gzip -dc $SGE_BASE/oge-6_2u7-bin-linux24-x64.tar.gz | tar xvpf -
./util/ $SGE_ROOT
The last step sets the files permissions and ownership equal to the current user. For example, if you are logged as root: 
# ./util/ $SGE_ROOT

                    WARNING WARNING WARNING
We will set the the file ownership and permission to

   UserID:         0
   GroupID:        0
   In directory:   /opt/sge

We will also install the following binaries as SUID-root:


Do you want to set the file permissions (yes/no) [NO] >> yes
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >3rd_party<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >bin<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >ckpt<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >dtrace<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >examples<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >inst_sge<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >install_execd<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >install_qmaster<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >lib<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >mpi<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >pvm<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >qmon<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >util<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >utilbin<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >start_gui_installer<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >catman<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >doc<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >include<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >man<
Verifying and setting file permissions and owner in >hadoop<

Your file permissions were set

Update or install java

Usually java is already installed. For RHEL 5 sometimes Java need update. So you need to verify that. In case it is not, you need to install it:

yum install java
Loaded plugins: rhnplugin, security
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package java-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64 1: set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: tzdata-java for package: java-1.6.0-openjdk
--> Processing Dependency: for package: java-1.6.0-openjdk
--> Running transaction check
---> Package giflib.x86_64 0:4.1.3-7.3.3.el5 set to be updated
---> Package tzdata-java.x86_64 0:2012c-1.el5 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                     Arch            Version                                Repository                     Size
 java-1.6.0-openjdk          x86_64          1:            rhel-x86_64-server-5           36 M
Installing for dependencies:
 giflib                      x86_64          4.1.3-7.3.3.el5                        rhel-x86_64-server-5           39 k
 tzdata-java                 x86_64          2012c-1.el5                            rhel-x86_64-server-5          181 k

Transaction Summary
Install       3 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 36 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
(1/3): giflib-4.1.3-7.3.3.el5.x86_64.rpm                                                         |  39 kB     00:00
(2/3): tzdata-java-2012c-1.el5.x86_64.rpm                                                        | 181 kB     00:01
(3/3): java-1.6.0-openjdk-                                   |  36 MB     01:31
Total                                                                                   339 kB/s |  36 MB     01:50
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing     : giflib                                                                                           1/3
  Installing     : tzdata-java                                                                                      2/3
  Installing     : java-1.6.0-openjdk                                                                               3/3

  java-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64 1:

Dependency Installed:
  giflib.x86_64 0:4.1.3-7.3.3.el5                            tzdata-java.x86_64 0:2012c-1.el5 




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