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Oracle Patchset Does Not Update v$version

Expert Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 29, 2015

Question: I just applied an Oracle patch upgrade from 10.2.0.4 to 10.2.0.5.  The v$version still shows my release as Oracle 10.2.0.3 Why isn't v$version updated when I run a patchset?

Answer:  You may be confusing patches with releases.  

The v$version view only displays the last full release installed, and it does  not show patchsets and cumulative patch upgrades (CPU's).  

An upgrade to a new release will change the release in v$version, but applying just a heap of patches (a patchset) will not update the v$version view.  

Try entering sqlplus and see what release level is displayed.   Try this query to see if your release has been updated:

select
    comp_id,
    comp_name,
    version,
    status
from
    dba_registry;

To see applied patches, use the Oracle opatch utility:

oracle> .ORACLE_HOME\OPatch\opatch lsinventory

See here for complete details on using the opatch utility in the book "Advanced Oracle Utilities".

Also check the ad_bugs view to see all patches that are applied with the opatch utility:

select *
from
    ad_bugs
where
    bug_number = 'patch_number';

 
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