Time to upgrade the OPatch

As the title suggest, it’s time to upgrade the OPatch. This is what I got when I wanted to apply a patch (namely 20760982) to a 11.2.0.4 database (linux):

[oracle@server 20760982]$ $ORACLE_HOME/OPatch/opatch apply
 Oracle Interim Patch Installer version 11.2.0.3.4
 Copyright (c) 2012, Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.
 Oracle Home : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4
 Central Inventory : /u01/app/oracle/oraInv
 from : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/oraInst.loc
 OPatch version : 11.2.0.3.4
 OUI version : 11.2.0.4.0
 Log file location : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2017-01-09_08-16-47AM_1.log

Verifying environment and performing prerequisite checks...
 Prerequisite check "CheckMinimumOPatchVersion" failed.
 The details are:
 The OPatch being used has version 11.2.0.3.4 while the following patch(es) require higher versions:
 Patch 17478514 requires OPatch version 11.2.0.3.5.
 Patch 18031668 requires OPatch version 11.2.0.3.5.
 Patch 18522509 requires OPatch version 11.2.0.3.5.
 Patch 19121551 requires OPatch version 11.2.0.3.5.
 Patch 19769489 requires OPatch version 11.2.0.3.5.
 Patch 20299013 requires OPatch version 11.2.0.3.5.
 Patch 20760982 requires OPatch version 11.2.0.3.5.
 Please download latest OPatch from My Oracle Support.

UtilSession failed: Prerequisite check "CheckMinimumOPatchVersion" failed.
 Log file location: /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2017-01-09_08-16-47AM_1.log

 

And this is what I have on my server:

[oracle@server 11204]$ /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/OPatch/opatch lsinventory
Oracle Interim Patch Installer version 11.2.0.3.4
Copyright (c) 2012, Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.


Oracle Home : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4
Central Inventory : /u01/app/oracle/oraInv
 from : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/oraInst.loc
OPatch version : 11.2.0.3.4
OUI version : 11.2.0.4.0
Log file location : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2017-01-09_08-47-49AM_1.log

Lsinventory Output file location : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/cfgtoollogs/opatch/lsinv/lsinventory2017-01-09_08-47-49AM.txt

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Installed Top-level Products (1):

Oracle Database 11g 11.2.0.4.0
There are 1 products installed in this Oracle Home.


There are no Interim patches installed in this Oracle Home.


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OPatch succeeded.

As you can see, I have an older version of OPatch.

I followed the following steps to fix this:

  1. Download the latest OPatch from support.oracle.com
    p6880880_112000_Linux-x86-64.zip
  2. Make a backup of the actual OPatch and make sure there is no OPatch folder on $ORACLE_HOME folder
    [oracle@server 11.2.0.4]$ cd $ORACLE_HOME
    [oracle@server 11.2.0.4]$ mv OPatch OPatch_old
  3. Unzip the patch into $ORACLE_HOME
 unzip p6880880_112000_Linux-x86-64.zip -d $ORACLE_HOME

And this is how it looks now:

[oracle@server 11204]$ /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/OPatch/opatch lsinventory
Oracle Interim Patch Installer version 11.2.0.3.15
Copyright (c) 2017, Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.


Oracle Home : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4
Central Inventory : /u01/app/oracle/oraInv
 from : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/oraInst.loc
OPatch version : 11.2.0.3.15
OUI version : 11.2.0.4.0
Log file location : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2017-01-09_09-52-47AM_1.log

Lsinventory Output file location : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/cfgtoollogs/opatch/lsinv/lsinventory2017-01-09_09-52-47AM.txt

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Local Machine Information::
Hostname: server
ARU platform id: 226
ARU platform description:: Linux x86-64

Installed Top-level Products (1):

Oracle Database 11g 11.2.0.4.0
There are 1 products installed in this Oracle Home.


There are no Interim patches installed in this Oracle Home.


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OPatch succeeded.
[oracle@server 11204]$

And now trying again the first patch to deploy:

[oracle@server 20760982]$ $ORACLE_HOME/OPatch/opatch apply
Oracle Interim Patch Installer version 11.2.0.3.15
Copyright (c) 2017, Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.


Oracle Home : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4
Central Inventory : /u01/app/oracle/oraInv
 from : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/oraInst.loc
OPatch version : 11.2.0.3.15
OUI version : 11.2.0.4.0
Log file location : /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2017-01-09_09-56-47AM_1.log

Verifying environment and performing prerequisite checks...
OPatch continues with these patches: 17478514 18031668 18522509 19121551 19769489 20299013 20760982

Do you want to proceed? [y|n]
y

.........


OPatch succeeded.

So all looks good now.