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Opatch Failed error code 73: OUI-67073: UtilSession failed: Prerequisite check “CheckActiveFilesAndExecutables”

Posted by FatDBA on March 2, 2015

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Error Description:
Oracle SPU / CPU patch deployment using Opatch filed with following error message.
Following executables are active :
UtilSession failed: Prerequisite check “CheckActiveFilesAndExecutables” failed.
Log file location: /u01/app/oracle/product/

OPatch failed with error code 73

There are some files which are locked or some processes still running while applying patch . those should be avoided

Full Error in log:

[Mar 1, 2015 4:19:20 PM] Finish fuser command /sbin/fuser /u01/app/oracle/product/ at Fri Nov 22 14:10:20 CET 2014
[Mar 1, 2015 4:19:20 PM] Following executables are active:
[Mar 1, 2015 4:19:20 PM] Prerequisite check “CheckActiveFilesAndExecutables” failed.
The details are:
Following executables are active:
[Mar 1, 2015 4:19:20 PM] OUI-67073:UtilSession failed: Prerequisite check “CheckActiveFilesAndExecutables” failed.
[Mar 1, 2015 4:19:20 PM] Finishing UtilSession at Fri Nov 22 14:10:20 CET 2014

Solution Description

This error is simple. Firstly make sure DB and listener are down .

Solution 1:
some processes are still in running .to find out them try
ps -ef|grep db_name
then kill each process by using kill -9 1196 command

Solution 2:
check which process is locking this library file using below command and kill it:

$ /sbin/fuser /u01/app/oracle/product/
/u01/app/oracle/product/ 1196m 2215m

$ kill -9 1196

now run opatch apply and it will run without any issues this time.

Hope That Helps
Prashant Dixit

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