It’s been about a year since Oracle decided to change their database version schema, from version with a couple of releases (e.g. 12.1 is 12cR1 and 12.2 is 12cR2) to a single annual version (e.g. 18c and 19c). Now, when 18c is stable and 19c is here on the cloud and Exadata and almost here on-premises, I thought it’s a good time to revisit this topic.
One of my customers is a software company and they use Oracle database for their product. One of the things we need to do when they certify an Oracle version is to create silent installation scripts. These scripts are for Windows and used for demo and testing environments. I did that for 11.2 and for 12.1 and now it’s 12.2’s turn.
I had a bad night last Thursday.
After patching two test RAC databases and one production RAC with 180417 DB Bundle Patch (and some one-offs), I got to the point where it was time to update the most critical RAC system.
We were really looking forward to this as we had hit a few bugs that this DBBP and one-offs should fix. But boy, did that go wrong…
Lately I started patching a client’s database (220.127.116.11) to the latest PSU (180417). This is a RAC environment with streams and all kind of other features, so over the time we hit quite a lot of different bugs. When we planned this PSU (we installed the bundle patch version), we added about 7 one-off patches (some are recommended by Oracle and some we had to add because the bugs affected us quite badly).
This post is following a question I found on LinkedIn. A DBA pasted a strange test case in 18.104.22.168 and I managed to reproduce it in 22.214.171.124 (non-multitenant) and 12.2 (multitenant). But that’s not where the story ends, I wanted to understand what’s going on, so I did some research about it and the result is this post.
A few months ago we hit an Oracle bug related to streams replication crash after creating an index (bug 21320182). There is a patch so we installed the patch in test and it seemed to solve the problem, but we never patched the production.
Today we hit this issue in production after creating an index we needed. It’s important to say that we wanted to patch the prod a while ago, but we didn’t get approval for maintenance window.