Re: which patch wizard tool is more accurate

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:04:20 +0100
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What follows may not apply to 12 or versions of 11i from the last 2 years, but I found that the OAM Patch Wizard was a necessary but not sufficient first step for carrying out patch dependency analysis. It, as John says, identifies pre reqs, but I found that it didn't necessarily identify *all* pre reqs and *rarely* identified pre reqs that were not appropriate. My approach was to run the wizard and use the report as a checklist against the readmes that you'll need to read anyway. FWIW it seems likely to me that where it failed it was probably a failure of the developer of the patch to update the metadata properly.

On 6 Aug 2010 07:34, "John Piwowar" <> wrote:


This is not really a question of accuracy. All of these tools serve different purposes. The script simply tells you what family packs and minipacks are installed on your system, and whether there are updated versions. You didn't mention how you are using the OAM patch wizard, so those results are less clear. If you were using it to evaluate a patch and determine its prerequisites, then the patch wizard is probably just doing its job: telling you that patch 4229931 (AD.I.2) is a prerequisite for another patch. The OAM patch wizard won't necessarily ignore a prerequisite if it's already installed.


John P.

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 8:04 AM, Subodh Deshpande <> wrote:
> Hi List,


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