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How Does AutoPatch Handle Shared E-Business Suite Products?

Steven Chan
Senior Director
Space... is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is.
~ Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams could have been talking about the E-Business Suite.  Depending upon whom you ask (and how you count them), there are between 200 to 240 products in Oracle E-Business Suite.  The products that make up Oracle E-Business Suite are tightly integrated. Some of these products are known as shared or dependent products. Installed and registered automatically by Rapid Install, such products depend on components from other products for full functionality. For example:
  • General Ledger (GL) depends on Application Object Library (FND) and Oracle Receivables (AR)
  • Inventory (INV) depends on FND and GL
  • Receivables (AR) depends on FND, INV, and GL
It can sometimes be challenging to craft a patching strategy for these types of product dependencies.  To help you with that, our Applications Database (AD) team has recently published a new document that describes the actions AutoPatch takes with shared Oracle E-Business Suite products:
This document complements the respective Oracle Applications Maintenance Utilities guides for both Apps 11i and 12 with additional information about:
  • Product dependencies and AutoPatch actions
  • File driver files
  • Installed products
  • Shared products
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