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OpenVMS: Where is the ORAINVENTORY directory related to Oracle installs. (Doc ID 248873.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 22, 2024

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 9.2]
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Gen 1 Exadata Cloud at Customer (Oracle Exadata Database Cloud Machine) - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
HP OpenVMS Alpha


 On OpenVMS, from Oracle Server Release 9.2, the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) has to be used to install the server code.

During the installation process, Oracle creates a directory structure to hold information on products that have been installed.

This area is known as the oraInventory

It is subsequently used and updated by the OUI when applying patchsets.

On other platforms, the oraInventory also reflects information on one-off patches that have been applied.

However, on OpenVMS we do not use Opatch to install additional one-off patches.

Given that OpenVMS customer rarely have to worry about the oraInventory area, it is easy to lose track of its location.

This document explains where this information can be found.


 The information held here will be of interest to any OpenVMS DBA who is applying (or planning to apply) a patchset against Oracle release 9.2.X


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