“The software home is already registered in the central inventory ?” A failed attempt to apply RU on 19c Grid Infrastructure home before it is configured

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I recently came accross a new (to me) error when trying to upgrade Grid Infrastructure on my lab, a 2-node 18.6 RAC cluster. To upgrade Grid Infrastructure directly to 19c with the latest Release Update 19.4, I downloaded the 19.3 base release and tried to apply RU 19.4 before launching the upgrade :

# /u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid/gridSetup.sh -silent -applyRU /staging/path/29708769

(Please refer to Doc ID 1410202.1 for the full explanation.)

Unfortunately, I had my head in the clouds (pun intended), and the node on which the patch was running encountered a problem and the session got killed.

During the second attempt of patching, I got the following error :

# /u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid/gridSetup.sh -silent -applyRU /staging/path/29708769

ERROR: The home is not clean. This home cannot be used since there was a failed OPatch execution in this home. Use a different home to proceed.

It’s upsetting but it does not seem too difficult to handle. With Doc ID 2279633.1 validating my intuition, I removed the directory and unzipped the home once again without forgetting to unzip the latest opatch as well :

# cd /u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid
# rm -rf *
# unzip -d /u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid /staging/path/LINUX.X64_193000_grid_home.zip
# unzip -d /u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid /staging/path/p6880880_190000_Linux-x86-64.zip

But things didn’t go exactly as expected when I tried to apply the patch again :

# /u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid/gridSetup.sh -silent -applyRU /staging/path/29708769

[INS-32826] The software home (/u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid) is already registered in the central inventory. Refer to patch readme instructions on how to apply.

So far, neither Google nor My Oracle Support seem to know anything about INS-32826. And there is a line in file inventory.xml of central inventory which looks like a temporary home :

<HOME NAME="tempGIName" LOC="/u01/app/19_4_0_0/grid" TYPE="O" IDX="3"/>

After a few risky attempts, it was time to use a radical yet simple solution : recreate the central inventory. I backed up the content of /u01/app/oraInventory/ before emptying it on both nodes, then launched the following command to recreate it with the current Grid Infrastructure home of the 2 nodes …

# /u01/app/18_6_0_0/grid/oui/bin/runInstaller -silent -ignoreSysPrereqs -attachHome ORACLE_HOME="/u01/app/18_6_0_0/grid" ORACLE_HOME_NAME="OraGI18Home1" LOCAL_NODE="node1" CLUSTER_NODES="{node1,node2}" CRS=true

… and added the only RDBMS home I have on this lab :

# /u01/app/18_6_0_0/grid/oui/bin/runInstaller -silent -ignoreSysPrereqs -attachHome ORACLE_HOME="/u01/app/oracle/product/18_3_0_0" ORACLE_HOME_NAME="OraDB18Home1" LOCAL_NODE="node1" CLUSTER_NODES="{node1,node2}"

After that, the patch was applied successfully.

8 thoughts on ““The software home is already registered in the central inventory ?” A failed attempt to apply RU on 19c Grid Infrastructure home before it is configured

  1. Andy Colvin

    I just happened to be upgrading a GI home to 12.2 today, and checked the inventory while I ran gridSetup.sh. Sure enough, when it ran the patch, it had added a tempGIName home to the inventory. As soon as it finished applying the RU, the entry was removed. I guess your session crashed during the patch, and not after!


    1. florab Post author

      Hi Andy!
      Thank you for checking the inventory during the patch process and confirming this behaviour, I did not have a chance to try again recently. Yes indeed, the node crashed while the patch was ongoing (and this usually takes ages on my lab environment 😉


  2. Laverde Williams

    Hi Florab, nice blog and excellent issues. Btw, I wondered Why you just didnt remove the bad entry from the inventory.xml file ?


      1. William Laverde

        Hi, this has nothing to do with the previous issues, but I like to sharing. During the applied of GI Update OCT2019 ( 30116802 on my RDBMS home I receive this error from opatchauto apply command:

        Reason: Failed during Patching: oracle.opatch.opatchsdk.OPatchException: Re-link fails on target “proc”.
        Re-link fails on target “procob”.

        I could not find a clear MOS on the issues and following the logs I saw this message

        /bin/chmod: cannot access ‘/u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/db/db_1/precomp/lib/procob’: No such file or directory
        make[1]: *** [/u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/db/db_1/precomp/lib/procob] Error 1
        make: *** [procob] Error 2

        The problem was resolve it just with simple touching those files, that did not exists
        touch $ORACLE_HOME/precomp/lib/procob
        touch $ORACLE_HOME/precomp/lib/proc

        and resuming the patching
        # /u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/db/db_1/OPatch/opatchauto resume

        it works like a charm!!

        ==Following patches were SUCCESSFULLY applied:

        Patch: /u01/medios/30116802/30138470
        Log: /u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/db/db_1/cfgtoollogs/opatchauto/core/opatch/opatch2019-11-06_11-50-19AM_1.log

        OPatchauto session completed at Wed Nov 6 13:43:42 2019
        Time taken to complete the session 39 minutes, 12 seconds

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  3. mdinh

    Why not just detach?

    export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/
    $ORACLE_HOME/oui/bin/runInstaller -detachHome -silent ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_HOME


    1. florab Post author

      Hello 🙂
      Detach was not possible either … but I forgot to copy/paste the error I had at this time 😦



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