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Oracle issue an ALERT note saying use of OPatch for multiple patches can corrupt the inventory

I came across Paul Drakes post to the ORACLE-L list this morning that described a new ALERT about using the OPatch tool that is used to install patches in an Oracle database. If it is used to install multiple patches against the Oracle database software that can cause the inventory to become corrupted. Jared Still followed up with a second post where he said:

"So if, I understand this correctly, I need to install OUI, displacing
the current 10.1 version, so as to avoid this bug. Is that they way you
read this?

The reason for my confusion is that the 10.1 OUI was *required* to install
the patch set. So, what happens when I try to install, whenever
it appears?

And patches to 10g?

This alert is not giving me a warm fuzzy feeling."

The alert itself from Oracle is here.

There has been 1 Comment posted on this article

December 6th, 2004 at 07:35 pm

Pete Finnigan says:


I am trying to install Oracle 9.2 and I am getting the following error:
"Oracle inventory corrupted. Can't continue."

OS: Windows 2000 Pro SP3

What might be causing this problem?

Thanks in advance,