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Introduction to Oracle Patches and Patchsets | SPU Vs PSU BUG : A BUG is a mistake, or unexpected behavior, i.e.

failing in the existing code or functionality not performing as documented. We can get patch for a bug. If patch is not available from MOS to fix our problem , need to open a case with MOS. (Should have MOS account to download patch). What is MOS ?
MOS means MY ORACLE SUPPORT also previously called METALINK. METALINK is Oracle's Official Electronic On-line Support Service. MOS requires a paid software license support contract. It offers technical

support notes, bug access, request tracking and patches. Users with valid support contract can register on Oracles metalink. Oracle Support

Oracle uses CSI number to verify if a customer is eligible to receive Oracle support. CSI means CUSTOMER SUPPORT IDENTIFIER (number). Customers with valid CSI numbers can log SRs (Service Requests) on the metalink Website. When creating SR on a METALINK , Oracle can start Web Conference using (OCS Oracle Collaboration Suite) to collect more specific information about the problem. The CSI also used to identify a customer's account and track service requests. Information contained within My Oracle Support is made accessible strictly to registered MOS users, for reference purposes only. If we have a MOS account , then we can download patches. We need a support contract to obtain a MOS. Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

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Oracle Patch and Patchset

Patches and its Types ** Patches are BUG FIXES for existing RDBMS Installation ** Patches are released by oracle for bug fixes via METALINK. When releasing a patch , Oracle provides (README File) that describes bug fixes i.e. clearly specifies what are the various issues that are resolved by the patch. Types of Patches

Patchset Exception - (PSE) / One-off Patch (or) Interim Patch. Upgrade Patches i.e. Patchsets (Bug fixes). CPU (Commonly refers Security Patches). PSU (Bug Fixes and Security Patches). Patch bundle (recommended fixes for Windows and Exadata).

Definition of an Oracle Patch Patches are software programs for individual BUG FIXES. Oracle issues product fixes software, usually it is called as Patches , it is used to fix a particular problem. (Bugs , Secuity weakness , Improving Performance etc).
Patches are associated with particular versions of Oracle products. When

we apply patch to Oracle Software , a small collection of files are replaced to fix certain bugs and database Version number doesnt change. Patches are available as Single Interim Patches and Patchsets (Patch Releases). Patch Releases have release numbers. If we installed oracle

10.2.0. 0 , the first patch release will have a release number of Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

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Definition of an Oracle Patchset - (PatchReleases) A Patch set is a TESTED and INTEGRATED set of product fixes. A group of patches form a patch set. (bundle of patches) Patch sets are applied via OUI (Oracle Universal Installer). Patch sets are usually applied to upgrade oracle version. When we apply patch set many different files and utilities are modified., ..... , are all Patchsets. Patchsets Changing Oracle Database Version Number We have to use Patchset to upgrade from Base release to for more useful feature and to avoid bugs. Applying a patchset usually requires the use of the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) and then running a script inside each database using that

Difference between Patch and Patchsets Patches/Patch sets are fully tested and integrated product fixes. Patch release affects the software residing in your Oracle home only. Patchsets allows our database to get upgraded within base release. Patch releases are collections of bug fixes that are applicable for all customers. PSE and Oneoff Patches PSE stands for PATCH SET EXCEPTION fixing particular bug. One off patch also known as Interim Patches (Official name) One off patch usually refers to a patch which addresses a specific bug. Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

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About Interim Patches Interim patches are bug fixes to specific bugs. Interim patches address individual software bugs. Interim patches are not cumulative and can be applied via opatch. Oracle releases interim patches frequently to fix a bug or set of bugs. We can get it by specifying patch ID in MY ORACLE SUPPORT. POINTS TO NOTE Interim patch given to customers in critical need. Main purpose is business customers who cannot wait until the next Patch Set or new product release to get a fix. Managing Oracle Software and Applying Patches Some Patch are for Software only , Some Patch affect both Software and Database. If My database needs a Patch , How can I identify ? When Upgrading a oracle database from Version to Version , need to apply patch for database. Ex : (From to If My Oracle Software needs a Patch , How can I identify ? When we apply the patch to Oracle Software Installation ,a small collection of files are replaced to fix certain bugs. Local inventory contains patch level for $oracle_home. The Local Inventory gets updated whenever a patch is applied using OUI. Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

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Oracle Database Release Number 10g

Oracle periodically produces new releases. Five (5) numbers may be required to fully identify a release.

The First Digit (10)



General Identifier. Major Oracle

database release number, It contains significant new functionality. The Second Digit (2) : Database maintenance release no, some new features also included or BUG fixes to existing release (10.1.0) The Third Digit (0) Application Server release no , (OracleAS). The Fourth Digit (4) is Component Specific/Patch Release no A Patch release contains fixes for serious bugs. Different components have different numbers. Ex : Component Patch Sets. The Fifth Digit (0) : Platform Specific Release No, Usually this is a Patchset. it usually fixes or works around a particular, critical problem. Check Current Release Number SQL > SELECT * FROM PRODUCT_COMPONENT_VERSION; Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

Introduction to Oracle Patches and Patchsets | SPU Vs PSU CPU (SPU) vs PSU : Keeping Oracle database software up to date is a critical and time consuming task for DBAs. Lets see difference between CPU and PSU and which one should apply ?
Patch Set Update (PSU) Critical Patch Update (CPU) PSU and CPU both also Quarterly delivered by Oracle .

Overview of CPU CPU was introduced in JAN 2005 to provide SECURITY FIXES. CPU are sets of patches containing fixes for security fault. Critical Patch Updates are Collections of Security fixes for Oracle Products. They are available to customers with valid support contracts. CPU PATCHES ARE ALWAYS CUMULATIVE , that means fixes from previous Oracle security alerts and critical patch updates are included in current patch. However each advisory describes only the security fixes added since the previous Critical Patch Update advisory. (Not required to have previous security patches applied before applying the latest patches). Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts for information about Oracle Security Advisories. CPU patches are collection of patches applied to fix multiple security vulnerabilities. Suppose after applying latest patchset for current release; If there is any bug occurrence , then oracle release cpu patches in regular interval is used to fix those bug. CPU patch based on latest patchset. Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

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Overview of PSU PSU was introduced in JULY 2009. PSU is limited from 25 to 100 new bug fixes. PSUs are also well tested by Oracle compared to one off patches. PSU are patch sets but some major differences respect to regular patch sets. Oracle Introduced new method for patching i.e. Patch set Updates or PSU. PSUs are cumulative and include all of the security fixes from CPU patches, plus additional fixes. An Oracle PSU having recommended bug
fixes and "proactive" cumulative patches, So the DBA choose to apply all

patches in the PSU patch bundle (which includes additional fixes). Advantages of PSU
P SU Supports Zero downtime Patching. In RAC, each node is Patched Separately no downtime. PSU includes a couple of one-off patches and CPU

If PSU patch is applied , We cannot apply CPU patch ( until dB upgrade to new version) - Any Specific reason ? 1 indicates for PSU patch. if we have then it's well contain all fixes in So ,the fifth no of the database version is incremented for each PSU. All PSUs are denoted by the last digit - ( , . The initial PSU is version, the next PSU for Release will be and so on.

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If we choose to apply CPU, then last digit will indicate to CPU If we choose to apply PSU, then last digit will indicate to PSU Once a PSU is applied , only PSU can be applied in future quarters until the databases is upgraded to new base version. How can we check applied Patch CPU select * from registry$history; PSU opatch lsinv -bugs_fixed | grep -i PSU PSU opatch lsinventory -bugs_fixed | grep -i 'DATABASE PSU' PSUs are referenced by their 5th place in the Oracle version numbers which makes it easier to track (e.g. and will not change the version of oracle binaries (like sqlplus, exp/imp etc.) Best Suggestion My Preference always goes with PSU, no need to apply CPU patch because (PSU Contains CPU). In other words CPU is a subset of the PSU. See here, a complete list of patches in, Zillions of patches: How to check applied patches on Oracle database ?
opatch lsinventory opatch lsinventory - details SQL> select * from sys.registry$history;

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ADDITIONAL POINTS TO REMEMBER PSU = Bug Fixes + CPU We cannot apply CPU over PSU CPUs are applied only on the base release version. CPUS are collection of security fixes for Oracle Products. PSU includes a couple of one-off patches and CPU. We cannot apply a CPU patch once a PSU patch has been applied. PSUs and CPUs are applied via opatch utility. PSU patches can be applied on the base release version TOP of any earlier Patch set update . So , can be installed on the top of the base , PSU , PSU Patch set updates are available and later. Patch sets are cumulative bug fixes that fix all bugs and consume all patches since the last base release. Patchset are usually applied through OUI-based product specific installers. The Local Inventory gets updated whenever a patch is applied using OUI. One or more executable files, like sqlplus or rman, is changed. No changes is made to the database content. MRL patch is created by putting several fixes into a single patch. Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu only for oracle database server or on

Introduction to Oracle Patches and Patchsets | SPU Vs PSU Simple diagram for CPU and PSU




Fig : Critical Patch Update (CPU) is a subset of the Patch Set Update (PSU) CPU has been renamed to SPU SPU patches are the same as previous CPU patches, just a new name. Security Patch Update (SPU) terminology is introduced in the Oct 2012. Critical Patch Update as the term for the quarterly security patch. Patch Set Updates (PSU) were added as cumulative included priority fixes as well as security fixes. Patch Conflicts If a patch has been applied, all the bugs fixed by that patch could reappear after another patch is applied. This is called a conflict situation. OPatch detects such situations and raises an error when a it detects a conflict. What is OPTACH ? Opatch is a JAVA based Oracle Utility . Opatch is the Oracle databases Interim (one-off) Patch Installer. One-off bug fixes , we can use opatch to apply them. Opatch assists to apply interim patches to Oracles software and removes interim patches from Oracle software. Opatch also able to Report already installed interim
patch and can detect confilict ( when already interim patch has been applied).

patches that

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Introduction to Oracle Patches and Patchsets | SPU Vs PSU Opatch Supports Applying an interim Patch. Reporting on installed products and interim patches. Rolling back (Removes) the application of an interim patch. Detecting a conflict and raises an error about conflict situation Check Opatch Version and Options If Opatch version is not compatible , check the readme file and download the latest version and uncompress in $ORACLE_HOME. For the latest information about the OPatch utility, to check for updates, and to get the latest versions , from (MOS). Basic Syntax and Help Options $ export PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/OPatch:$PATH $ which opatch $ cd $ORACLE_HOME/OPatch $ opatch -help $ cd $ORACLE_HOME/OPatch $ opatch lsinventory Copyright (c) 2005, Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.. Unix is case sensitive. 'Opatch' != 'opatch Interim patches that are installed with Oracle's OPatch Utility can be listed by invoking the linux> opatch command with the lsinventory option. Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

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Getting help from opatch $ ./opatch -help or $ opatch help

Usage: opatch [ -help ] [ -r[eport] ] [ command ] command := apply lsinventory query rollback version <global_arguments> := -help Displays the help message for the command. -report Print the actions without executing (deprecated). example: 'opatch -help' 'opatch apply -help' 'opatch lsinventory -help' 'opatch rollback -help' OPatch succeeded. Commonly Used Opatch Commands $ opatch apply Installs an interim patch $ opatch napply Installs n number of patches $ opatch rollback Removes (rollback) an interim patch

$ opatch lsinventory Lists what is currently installed on the system. $ opatch query Queries a given patch for specific details.

$ opatch version Prints the current Version of the patch tool

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Introduction to Oracle Patches and Patchsets | SPU Vs PSU Correct Version of Opatch for RDBMS We can verify whether the Opatch version for RDBMS release is correct or not using metalink note [ ID 357221.1.]. Opatch latest version is p6880880. Opatch log files can be found at $ORACLE_HOME/cfgtoollogs/opatch Opatch program requires Java(JVM) to be present on the current system. OUI vs Opatch Why two different utilities are used ? Oracle Offers two utilities for software deployment. OUI to install Oracle Products. Opatch to apply interim Patches.
Oracle Version upgrades , we use OUI. One-off bug fixes , we use opatch to apply them. Sometimes the instructions tell

to run OUI .

Sometimes the instructions tell to use opatch..

Opatch assists

with the process of applying interim patches to Oracle's

software . OUI performs component-based installations as well as complex installations, such as integrated bundle and suite installations. Can we check latest patch installed ? Obviously yes. On Oracle version (10g) we can query dba_registry_history and/or sys.registry$history (as SYS DBA) to get patch information from within the database. Exploring the Oracle DBA Technology by Gunasekaran ,Thiyagu

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Bundle patch is for (Windows).
PSU and CPU (SPU) are applied via Opatch Utility

Several Induvidual patches under one patch ID this is Merge Patch. Always should read the README.txt before applying the patch. This file contains important information and instructions that must be followed prior to
applying patch.

Generic patches are generally contains a correction for an SQL script (.sql) , a PL/SQL script (.sql, .plb), or a Java class. It can be identify from the name of the patch file: p<patchid>_<release> Patch set is a Software package that contains a large number of error

corrections. The patch sets are cumulative. we must use OUI to apply this. Patch sets provide bug fixes only and
do NOT include new functionality. It

is fully tested and integrated product fixes. We can no longer remove a patch set that has been applied. When you apply a patch set, the Oracle version also changes (for example,, If we apply wrong patch to oracle home, we can always rollback the patch using following comamnd. opatch rollback -id <Patch Number>.

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Upgrading Oracle 10g database from to

If we facing any regular errors which are not resolved by efforts and should go to oracle support for those errors and if they recommend to upgrade then should do the upgrade activity. Patch no : 6810189 Database Product : Oracle Operating System : Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) 4.4 We can upgrade our Oracle database to either using DBUA or Manual method. DBUA Database upgrade assistant is used to upgrade database to higher versions just like DBCA.
explained separately. Database Upgradation steps are

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