opatch apply fails with “Error in checking for identical patches for composite patch” error (Doc ID 1951877.1)

Last updated on MAY 02, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.3 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

Attempting to install a composite patch fails with the following message

[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   OUI-67073:UtilSession failed: Error in checking for identical patches for composite patch. This means a constituent to be applied has an earlier creation date than a constituent installed in the Oracle Home. This patch is improperly packaged and will not be applied.
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   Finishing UtilSession at Sat Nov 22 11:36:08 EST 2014
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   Log file location: /apps/opt/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_1/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2014-11-22_11-35-53AM_1.log
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM] 
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: oracle.opatch.opatchutil.NApply.process(NApply.java:725)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: oracle.opatch.opatchutil.OUSession.napply(OUSession.java:1136)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:592)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: oracle.opatch.UtilSession.process(UtilSession.java:322)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: oracle.opatch.OPatchSession.main(OPatchSession.java:2346)
[Nov 22, 2014 11:36:08 AM]   StackTrace: oracle.opatch.OPatch.main(OPatch.java:613)

Cause

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