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Information About Usage Of Exapatch Force ( -f or --force ) Option Used During Exalogic Patching (Doc ID 1997466.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 14, 2022

Applies to:

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software - Version and later
Linux x86-64
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
Oracle Virtual Server (x86-64)


Force option ( -f or --force) is one of the command line options of Exapatch Tool <Note 1912063.1>  which is often mis-understood or mis-used while an Exalogic PSU upgrade is performed. This note is to provide detailed information about its recommended usage and more importantly scenarios where its usage is absolutely not recommended 


The target audience of this document are engineers and system administrators who plan to apply the Exalogic PSU. 


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In this Document
 Exapatch Force Option Usage
 When Exapatch Force option is recommended
 1. Patching of Exalogic Control vServers fails
 2. PSU Application fails with a Known issue
 3. vServer July 2017 PSU Upgrade Patching is Failing
 When Exapatch Force option is NOT recommended
 1. ZFS appliance patching fails with maintenance problems
 2. Patching of the compute node fails with "Failed dependencies" Error
 3. Running psu prePatchCheck on the switch fails
 4. exapatch prePatchCheck fails due to insufficient space issues

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