Sunday, September 16, 2018

EBS R12 (12.1) -- interesting behaviour of adpatch -- HOTPATCH Error -> "You must be in Maintenance Mode to apply patches"

There is an interesting behaviour of adpatch, that I wanted to share with you.
This behaviour of adpatch was observed in an EBS 12.1 environment, during an attempt for hot-patching.
What I mean by this interesting behaviour is, actually the exception that adpatch throws during an ordinary hotpatching session. I mean the error that adpatch returned -> "You must be in Maintenance Mode to apply patches"..

As you already know, in EBS 12.1, we can apply patches without enabling maitanence mode.
All we have to do is taking the risk :) and execute the adpatch command with options=hotpatch argument.
This is a very clear thing, that you already know. But what if we try to apply a regular patch(non-hotpatch) and fail just before applying our hotpatch?

As you may guess, adpatch will ask us the question "Do you wish to continue with your previous AutoPatch session [Yes] ?"?
So if we answer Yes and if our previous patch attempt wasn't for applying a hotpatch ( I mean if the previous patch was tried to be applied without the options=hotpatch argument), then the "options=hotpatch" will make adpatch confused.

At this point, adpatch will say "you are trying to apply a patch with options=hotpatch, but you didn't use "options=hotpatch" in your previous patching attempt. As you wanted to continue with your previous Autopatch session, I will take the value of the argument named options regarding your previous patching attempt."

Just after saying that, adpatch will check the previous patching attempt and it will see that the command that you used in the previous patching attempt was "adpatch"(options specified wasn't specificed)..
However; now you are supplying "options" as an argument..

At this point, adpatch will replace your options argument with "NoOptionsSpecified" . It is because you didn't used options argument in your previous patching attempt/session.
So, the adpatch command will become like "adpatch NoOptionsSpecified" .. Weird right? :) but true.. And I think this is a bug.. adpatch should properly handle this situation, but unfortuneatly, it is not able to do so.. Anyways; I won't go into the details..

Then, adpatch will try to apply the patch in question, and it will see the NoOptionsSpecified.

Then quest what? :)

adpatch will report a warning -> "Ignoring unrecognized option: "NoOptionsSpecified"."

So, it will ignore NoOptionsSpecified argument (options=hotpatch was already replace before) and normally it will stop and say -> " You must be in Maintenance Mode to apply patches. You can use the AD Administration Utility to set Maintenance Mode. "

What is lesson learned here? :)
-> after a failed adpatch session, don't say  YES to the question ("Do you wish to continue with your previous AutoPatch session"), if you want to apply a hotpatch just after a failed adpatch session (regular/non-hotpatch session.)

Here is a demo for you ->

[applr12@ermanappsrv  17603319]$ adpatch options=hotpatch
Your previous AutoPatch session did not run to completion.
Do you wish to continue with your previous AutoPatch session [Yes] ?
AutoPatch warning:
The 'options' command-line argument was not specified originally,
but is now set to:
"hotpatch"
AutoPatch will use the original value for 'options'.
AutoPatch warning:
Ignoring unrecognized option: "NoOptionsSpecified".

AutoPatch error:
You must be in Maintenance Mode to apply patches.
You can use the AD Administration Utility to set Maintenance Mode.

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