DATABASE PATCH SET UPDATE 12.1.0.2.170117 apply fails – catconInit failed, exiting

Last weekend was patchday. The goal was to apply the patch 24732082 (DATABASE PATCH SET UPDATE 12.1.0.2.170117) to a 12.1.0.2 database on AIX. The OPatch precheck returned no error and OPatch apply was ok. The problem was the post step, the datapatch command failed with the message catconInit failed, exiting. oracle@srvaix101:/u00/app/oracle/product/12.1.0.2/dbhome_1/OPatch/ [STRSP01] ./datapatch -verbose SQL Patching tool version 12.1.0.2.0 Production on Sun Apr 2 08:39:35 2017 Copyright (c) 2012, 2016, Oracle. All rights reserved. Log file for this invocation: /u00/app/oracle/cfgtoollogs/sqlpatch/sqlpatch_45548440_2017_04_02_08_39_35/sqlpatch_invocati…

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Oracle Data Pump with the 12.2.0.1.0 Instant Client for Linux x86-64

From the Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2) New Features Guide: Adding Oracle Data Pump and SQL*Loader Utilities to Instant Client This feature adds SQL*Loader, expdp, impdp, exp, and imp to the tools for instant client. Now you can run these utilities on machines that do not have a complete Oracle Database installation. The newest release of the Oracle Instant Client for Linux x86-64 has an additional package called Tools. This package contains Data Pump, SQL*Loader and the Workload Replay…

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OPatch 13.9 in EM13c – Say Goodbye to Unzip, Copy & Paste

Yesterday I wanted to apply a brand new patch to customer’s Enterprise Manager 13cR2 OMS running on Linux. First I updated the OMSPatcher as described here: How to upgrade the 13.1 Cloud Control OMSPatcher to latest version of OMSPatcher (Doc ID 2135028.1). This update was easy. Download, transfer, unzip and copy the OMSPatcher files to the Enterprise Manager ORACLE_HOME directory. Then the patch apply results in an error. OMSPatcher is based on OPatch, he needs an update too. We need…

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Oracle 12.2 – New Features I like – Part 1: Multitenant “Hot Clones”

I like the Oracle Multitenant architecture which was introduced in 12.1. But the concept to clone a source database to multiple copies in a small step had one big problem.  In Oracle 12.1, to clone a pluggable database the source database had to be in state read-only. In 12.2 is it not longer necessary to set the source pluggable database in state read-only, the source database has not to be modified to create a clone. Oracle calls it in the…

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Your Oracle Cloud Products in My Oracle Support – Now you are Administrator

Three weeks ago I have ordered the Oracle Database Backup Service. The registration via shop.oracle.com was easy, minutes later after I have entered my credit card details and pressed the submit button, I got the login information via email and Oracle has given me a new CSI number. Some time later I took a look in My Oracle Support, my new CSI was added but in state PENDING. Now I clicked on the button to Request Access. This message cames…

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