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Old 08-25-2013
Solaris 10 patching failed

I was installing Solaris-10 Recommended patch Cluster and it came out without installling all patches. I gave a rebooted and tried installing it again, but it seems some lock or something is prevenventing to install further patches. I am not able to figure out and I am struck in between
root@prod_teledb03 # ls -l
total 870
-r--r--r--   1 root     root       57128 May  3 18:56 10_Recommended.README
-r--r--r--   1 root     root      104385 May  3 18:56 10_Recommended.html
-r--r--r--   1 root     root        7625 May  3 18:56 Copyright
-r--r--r--   1 root     root       18775 May  3 18:56 LEGAL_LICENSE.TXT
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root      101949 May  3 18:56 installcluster
-r-xr-xr-x   1 root     root      101949 May  3 18:56 installpatchset
-r--r--r--   1 root     root        3450 May  3 18:56 patch_order
drwxr-xr-x 347 root     root        7168 May  3 18:56 patches
-r--r--r--   1 root     root        4930 May  3 18:56 patchset.conf
root@prod_teledb03 # ./installcluster --s10patchset
ABORT: This Recommended Patchset version is already installed.
root@prod_teledb03a #

If somebody can quickly help me, I would appreciate.
# 2  
Old 08-25-2013
What does your patch log file say happened? It should be located under /var/sadm/install_data.
# 3  
Old 08-26-2013
It seems, it was expecting newer version of EMC powerpath
Approved patches will be installed in this order:

Checking installed patches...
Executing prepatch script...
An incompatible version of EMC PowerPath is installed on this system,
application of the kernel patch aborting.
A fix from EMC will be required first, before this kernel patch can be
applied. For the latest information, please refer to ETA emc275344 on
The prepatch script exited with return code 1.
Patchadd is terminating.
patchadd exit code : 15
application of 144500-19 skipped : prepatch returned non-zero exit code
finish time : 2013.08.24 23:45:23
FINISHED : application of 144500-19

However, when I ran it manually with patchadd command, it installed successfully and patching went fine.
# 4  
Old 09-24-2013
Current scenario says, before running install patchcluster you should upgrade the EMC version or you may exclude this particular patch from running. Not 100% sure but you may read the "readm" file and you will get some options not to check the compatibility before applying patch.

# 5  
Old 10-30-2013
Hi guys,

My two cents:

We've been using PCA for years now with over 200+ Solaris 8 (back in the days) 9 and 10 with great success. I would recommend it since we we're able to save ourselves from a lot of pains like the one you experienced.

Just sayin' Smilie
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