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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Patching Oracle Database Server. (Doc ID 1446582.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.2.0.8 to 12.1.0.2 [Release 9.2 to 12.1]
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Purpose

Frequently Asked Questions for Oracle Database Server  Patching.

Questions and Answers

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In this Document
Purpose
Questions and Answers
 1) What is a patch?
 2) Why are patches needed?
 3) What is an Interim patch?
 4) What is a patch conflict?
 5) What is a Superset patch?
 6) What is a Combination conflict?
 7) What is a subset conflict?
 8) What is a Duplicate conflict?
 9) What is a Security Patch Update (SPU)?
 10) What is a Merge patch?
 11) What is a Bundle patch?
 12) What are Patch Set Updates (PSU)?
 13) What is an Overlay patch?
 14) What is a Patch Set?
 15) What is a Terminal patch set?
 16) What is a Terminal or Final patch ?
 17) What is the Error Correction Policy for Oracle Database Server?
 18) What is the Oracle lifetime support policies?
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