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A patch is a software update designed to repair known problems or "bugs" in previous software releases.

It is generally recommended to only install patch-sets and only install one-off patches when required to do so. Patch-sets are tested and will minimized the risk of introducing bad patches into a stable environment.

Oracle Enterprise Manager also has a "Provisioning Pack" (cost option) that can be used to automate the deployment of patches for the database and underlying operating system.

Also see[edit]

  • CPU - Critical Patch Updates (security patches)
  • PSU - Patch Set Updates
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