Installing FUSE on linux (for DBFS)

Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) is a loadable kernel module for Unix-like computer operating systems that lets non-privileged users create their own file systems without editing kernel code. This is achieved by running file system code in user space while the FUSE module provides only a “bridge” to the actual kernel interfaces. It is a pre-requisite for using Oracle DBFS.

Manual Installation

Firstly, check whether FUSE has already been installed with the following command:

lsmod | grep fuse

If it has been installed then you don’t need to continue reading!


Ensure that the kernel development package is installed with the following command (the exact version will be displayed if it is installed):

rpm -q kernel-devel

If it is not installed, then ask your linux administrator to install  it for you.

Installing FUSE

1. Download the FUSE 2.7.3 package from and transfer it onto the server.

2. Install the FUSE package as the “root” user using the following commands:

tar -xzvf fuse-2.7.3.tar.gz
cd fuse-2.7.3
./configure --prefix=/usr --with-kernel=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`-`uname -p`
make install
/sbin/modprobe fuse
chmod 666 /dev/fuse
echo "/sbin/modprobe fuse" >> /etc/rc.modules
chmod 700 /etc/rc.modules

3. Reboot the server.

4. Check that Fuse is now available:

lsmod | grep fuse

5. Add a new library path

# Change ORACLE_HOME as appropriate for your installation 
echo "/usr/local/lib" >> /etc/
ln -s $ORACLE_HOME/lib/ /usr/local/lib/
ln -s $ORACLE_HOME/lib/ /usr/local/lib/
ln -s $ORACLE_HOME/bin/dbfs_client /sbin/mount.dbfs
ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/local/lib/

Reload the dynamic loadable library cache:


Installation is now complete.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: