Unable to install patchset

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Subject: Unable to install patchset
Posted by:  Matthias Hoys (idmwarpzone_NOSPA…@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005

Hi all,

I'm trying to upgrade a db running on AIX 4.3.3 to version
(don't laugh ;-) ).
The problem is that the OUI doesn't "detect" the installed software and
always gives me the message "there are no patches that need to be applied"
I already did some research :
- the environment params (ORACLE_HOME, ORACLE_BASE, ...) of the Oracle owner
: OK
- /etc/oraInst.loc : OK
- the binary file OracleHomesList.ser under oraInventory/Contents : NOT OK
=> this doesn't hold a reference to the correct ORACLE_HOME folder !

I have no idea how the software was installed, but I have the impression
that it was copied from another server ... So is there any way to add the
correct ORACLE_HOME dir to the OracleHomesList.ser file ?
I believe my only other option is to reinstall the Oracle software from
scratch, but can I do this without having to restore my whole db ?


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