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FAQs on Central Inventory and Oracle Home Inventory (Local Inventory) in Oracle RDBMS (Doc ID 564192.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 21, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.2.0.1 and later
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database 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

This note explains about the frequently asked questions related to Central/OraInventory and Local Inventory in Oracle RDBMS.

Questions and Answers

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In this Document
Purpose
Questions and Answers
 CENTRAL INVENTORY
 What is the Central Inventory? (oraInventory)
 
What is the Central Inventory Pointer File
 Can you keep different Central Inventory for each Oracle software installation?
 Advantages and disadvantages of keeping a Central Inventory for each Oracle Home and shared Central Inventory:
 How to start the OUI/Opatch if the oraInst.loc file is not in the default location? ( Unix)
 Can you remove or manually edit the inventory.xml file?
 You have lost/corrupted the Central Inventory but have a valid Oracle Home(s). What do you do?
 How can you remove the Central Inventory after all the Oracle Homes on a host are removed?
 Can you use the jar command to backup inventory/Oracle Home?
 How can you attach and detach Oracle Homes from the Central Inventory ?
 Does the database work without a Central/Local Inventory?
 What are the permissions/ownership required for a Central Inventory?
 
Can you move the Central Inventory (oraInventory) to another location?
 Does Oracle Support Manually Changing "inst_loc" In The Windows Registry?
 LOCAL INVENTORY
 What is the Local Inventory ?
 What are the Contents of the Local Inventory ?
 
You have lost the Oracle Home (local) Inventory. What can you do?
 What are the permissions/ownership required for a Local Inventory?
 How to check if the inventory.xml/comps.xml or any Oracle XML file is correct using Opatch?
 How can you Clean the inventory after deleting the Oracle Home manually?
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