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Why we do need to apply regular patchset? I.e. from 10.2.0.1 t0 10.2.0.4 or 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199Oracle support period will end soon or has ended.
and you can check
For any bug fixes, security updates, new release, out of support etc.
Also, Oracle support do provide patchset as per your requirement/issue taking care of any patch conflicts and making sure to handle multiple bugs.
Are individual patches aggregated into a patchset?Yes
for more information, read below
Starting with the release of the 188.8.131.52 patch set for Oracle Database 11g Release 2, Oracle Database patch sets are full installations of the Oracle Database software. Note the following changes with the new patch set packaging:
* Direct upgrades from previous releases (11.x, 10.x) to the most recent patch set are supported.
* Out-of-place patch set upgrades, in which you install the patch set into a new, separate Oracle home, are the best practices recommendation. In-place upgrades are supported but are not recommended.
* New installations consist of installing the most recent patch set, rather than installing a base release and then upgrading to a patch release.
My Oracle Support note 1189783.1, "Important Changes to Oracle Database Patch Sets Starting With 184.108.40.206", available from the following URL: