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Exalogic: Compute node patching issue due to /etc/system-fips file missing or renamed - Workaround reinstalling kernel (Doc ID 2588523.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 10, 2022

Applies to:

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Patching of Compute node OS fails after "exapatch" timeout has been reached. This is due to the system crashing
and continue to reboot in a loop. Console output is as follows:

At this stage the pre and post patching tasks have completed yet the system won't boot due to the kernel panic.


This is due to the file /etc/system-fips either missing or has been renamed.
The renaming of this file could have occurred due to a known issue while backing up the Exalogic Control Backup. As a workaround to this problem KM note 2478353.1 has been written, where is suggested to rename this file.


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In this Document
 Logging into the previous kernel and check if the file "/etc/system-fips" exists
 Reinstalling the newer kernel
 Re-installation of the problematic kernel
 Confirm that the compute node has been backed up
 Verifying the file /etc/system-fips
 Verifying the kernel, file copy, and re-installation

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