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Is 9.2.0.7 just a patched version of 9.2.0.6?

We are upgrading our Oracle DB from 8i to 9i. Our testing was done with 9.2.0.6, but now a different group in our company has found a problem and is going to 9.2.0.7. My questions: Is 9.2.0.7 just a patched version of 9.2.0.6? When was 9.2.0.7 available? I'm trying to determine why we went with 9.2.0.6 to begin with. Is there a version newer than 9.2.0.7 available?

We are upgrading our Oracle DB from 8i to 9i. Our testing was done with 9.2.0.6, but now a different group in our company has found a problem and is going to 9.2.0.7. My questions: Is 9.2.0.7 just a patched version of 9.2.0.6? When was 9.2.0.7 available? I'm trying to determine why we went with 9.2.0.6 to begin with. Is there a version newer than 9.2.0.7 available?

The Oracle 9.2.0.7 patch is the subsequent patch to 9.2.0.6. Because you do not indicate which operating system

you are using, it is difficult to determine exactly when 9.2.0.7 was released. For the Windows operating system, 9.2.0.7 was released in July 2005, for Linux it was September 2005, and for Solaris, 9.2.0.7 was available August 2005.

It may be that 9.2.0.6 just became available when the planning started for the migration of databases to Oracle9i. Throughout the planning stages of a migration project, it is not uncommon for another patch to be released. At that point, however, it can be time-consuming to step back and retest for the new patch. In your particular situation, there was a problem discovered during the testing so it makes sense to go to the next release if that rectifies the issue. There will soon be a 9.2.0.8 patch released for Oracle9i -- this is thought to be the terminal release for Oracle9i release 2. At the moment, it is still under development.

This was first published in June 2006

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