OPatch error: "Inventory load failed... OPatch cannot load inventory for the given Oracle Home."

(Doc ID 864117.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 23, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 10.1 to 11.2]
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 11.2]
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
Information in this document applies to any UNIX platform


The command "opatch lsinventory" fails with the following errors

Invoking OPatch
Oracle Interim Patch Installer version
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Oracle Home : /usr03/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0
Central Inventory : /var/opt/oracle/oraInventory
from : /var/opt/oracle/oraInst.loc
OPatch version :
OUI version :
OUI location : /usr03/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/oui
Log file location : /usr03/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/cfgtoollogs/opatch/opatch2009-07-16_19-19-22PM.log

List of Homes on this system:
Home name= UPG_DB__usr06_oracle_UPG_db_tech_st_10_2_0, Location=
  Home name= APPSIAS_UPG, Location= "/usr05/upgora/iAS" 
  Home name= ORAHOME_TEST, Location= "/usr04/test/testdb/9.2.0"
  Home name= APPSDB_TEST, Location= "/usr05/testdb/9.2.0"
  Home name= APPSIAS_TEST, Location= "/usr05/testora/iAS"
  Home name= APPSDB_UPG, Location= "/usr05/proddb/9.2.0"
Inventory load failed... OPatch cannot load inventory for the given Oracle Home.
Possible causes are:
   Oracle Home dir. path does not exist in Central Inventory
   Oracle Home is a symbolic link
   Oracle Home inventory is corrupted
LsInventorySession failed: OracleHomeInventory gets null oracleHomeInfo
OPatch failed with error code 73


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