Inappropriate ioctl for device and Oracle 10.2.0.3

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I was trying to setup an instance of Oracle 10.2.0.3 a while back and was running into a strange problem.
I could get 10.2.0.1 to install and run OK, and the upgrade to 10.2.0.3 seemed to work OK. But then when I tried to create a database it would fail and give me a “Inappropriate ioctl for device” error message. And inappropriate what for who ?
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