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Why are patches so complicated?

One of the issues that I cannot understand is why applying a patch/upgrade is still such a lengthy and complicated process. Can't Oracle simplify things and make the updates/patches more intelligent?

One of the issues that I cannot understand is why applying a patch/upgrade is still such a lengthy and complicated process. Sometimes we need to read a 30-page readme digest before applying the patch. Can't Oracle simplify things and make the updates/patches more intelligent?
This is a very good question. I'll assume that you are referring to the process of upgrading a database as well as applying critical patch updates. Admittedly, the patching process can seem unwieldy and complicated at times; however, one must remember that the Oracle database is a complicated suite of software. Think of the many components and options available to you when Oracle is first installed. Then think of the complexity introduced across many different organizations and environments. Somehow, the patching process has to take most, if not all, of this into account. This is no simple feat. I suspect that as the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) evolves over time, upgrades will be made more intelligent and easier to apply.

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