Tips and Tricks
Do take a look at these resources for nice scripts to further automate the overall patchproces:
Tanel Põder has a very fine script named srun.sh that lets you further wrap other scripts and commands.
It can be found inside http:⁄⁄integrid.info⁄11idowntime.doc as Appendix B: Applications shell scripting srun.sh
I use it in a slightly tweaked version: I have to supply a keyword to really start processing (just for sake of extra saftety), and since adpatch needs special consideration in a »restart scenario« (and supa can deal with that) I have turned off the restarting capability.
No doubt you're already acquainted with manuel patchdownload, using the MetaLink web-interface,
but then you need to re-upload to your UNIX-box afterwards (if not using wget directly).
There's another neat alternative from the superb 11i-Newsletter from Solution Beacon.
and read the article 'Automated Patch Download Utility'
This script could easily be tweaked.
I have tweaked so that NLS patches for my language gets downloaded in the same go.
A nice simple harmless patch to test with is:
(2647958)CREATE A PATCH TO BE USED BY OTHER PRODUCTS FOR TESTING
The active part of p2647958_11i_GENERIC.zip\2647958\ad\patch\115\sql\adtsttmp.sql
is just a select * from dual;
Consider using an external ticket⁄task⁄issue system (with unique numbers)
Place the downloaded patches inside a subdirectory, named after the ticketnumber.
It's much more manageable this way, and easier to avoid ambiguity when dealing with other staff⁄testers⁄end-users.
(Do have a look at »Tasks« or similar)
supa sends a small mail if a patchrun gets into trouble, and so it's ideal to be monitored by a PDA polling every x minutes, instead of beeing glued to the screen.