2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2014 4:28 AM by ORA-01033 RSS

    The patch directory area must be a number. - 10.1.3 R12



      I am running an R12 vision instance. I need to apply a patch but whenever I try I get the error "The patch directory area must be a number.".


      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ pwd


      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ ls README*

      README.html  README.txt

      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ echo $ORACLE_HOME


      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ which opatch


      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ opatch apply



      Oracle Interim Patch Installer version

      Copyright (c) 2011 Oracle Corporation. All Rights Reserved..



      Oracle recommends you to use the latest OPatch version

      and read the OPatch documentation available in the OPatch/docs

      directory for usage. For information about the latest OPatch and

      other support-related issues, refer to document ID 293369.1

      available on My Oracle Support (https://myoraclesupport.oracle.com)



      Oracle Home           : /oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.3

      Oracle Home Inventory : /oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.3/inventory

      Central Inventory     : /home/r121/oraInventory

         from               : /etc/oraInst.loc

      OUI location          : /oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.3/oui

      OUI shared library    : /oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.3/oui/lib/linux/liboraInstaller.so

      Java location         : /oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.3/jre/1.4.2/bin/java

      Log file location     : /oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.3/.patch_storage/<patch ID>/*.log



      The patch directory area must be a number.



      ERROR: OPatch failed because of problems in patch area.

      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $




      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ cat /etc/oraInst.loc




      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ cat ~/oraInventory/ContentsXML/

      comps.xml      inventory.xml  libs.xml

      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ cat ~/oraInventory/ContentsXML/inventory.xml

      <?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes" ?>

      <!-- Copyright (c) 2002 Oracle Corporation. All rights Reserved -->

      <!-- Do not modify the contents of this file by hand. -->







      <HOME NAME="VIS121_DB__oracle_r12_VIS121_db_tech_st_11_1_0" LOC="/oracle/r12/VIS121/db/tech_st/11.1.0" TYPE="O" IDX="1"/>

      <HOME NAME="VIS121_WEBOH__oracle_r12_VIS121_apps_tech_st_10_1_3" LOC="/oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.3" TYPE="O" IDX="2"/>

      <HOME NAME="VIS121_WEBOH__oracle_r12_VIS121_apps_tech_st_10_1_2" LOC="/oracle/r12/VIS121/apps/tech_st/10.1.2" TYPE="O" IDX="3"/>



      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $



      Can anyone help me here? I've tried re-downloading the patch, doing it with another patch etc but always the same. I am uploading the zip file to the server and unzipping using "unzip p....".


      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $ uname -a

      Linux ebs121-vm.us.oracle.com 2.6.18- #1 SMP Wed Jan 20 01:49:42 EST 2010 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

      VIS121 r121@ebs121-vm /tmp/stage/15929270 $