Opatch 1.0.0.0.55 Fails With Error 'The Patch Directory Area Must Be A Number'

(Doc ID 394601.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 08, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Universal Installer - Version 1.0.0.0.53 to 1.0.0.0.58
Information in this document applies to any platform.
Checked for relevance on 13-Oct-2015

Symptoms

Installation of an one-off patch with opatch version 1.0.0.0.55 fails with errors :

The patch directory area must be a number.
ERROR: OPatch failed because of problems in patch area.

Command syntax :

opatch apply -silent <stage dir>/<patch-id>

e.g.
opatch -apply -silent /stage/patch/4741897

No log information is written in the directory $ORACLE_HOME/.patch_storage/<patch-ID>

Cause

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