OPatch Auto Failing to Apply Datapatch for a Removed Database

Hi all,

So, just a few days ago, during a client support, crossed the following case.

A few database creations initially failed with DBCA due to other issues, but it seems the DBCA didn’t cleread all creation steps after the failure and theoretical rollback.

As a consequence, whenever running DBCA with GUI client was seeing an old database. When trying to remove it with DBCA, the removal fail as the database can’t be brought up (creation has failed, remember?). Ok, we can leave with it, right?

Yes until we reached the point where Opatchauto failed with the following:

Verifying SQL patch applicability on home /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db

"/bin/sh -c 'cd /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db; ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db ORACLE_SID=DB1 /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db/OPatch/datapatch -prereq -verbose'" command failed with errors. Please refer to logs for more details. SQL changes, if any, can be analyzed by manually retrying the same command.

The reason? See the complete log about the failing step:

Executing command as oracle: 
 /bin/sh -c 'cd /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db;ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db ORACLE_SID=DB1 /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db/OPatch/datapatch -verbose'
2020-09-02 16:26:56,362 INFO  [438] com.oracle.glcm.patch.auto.db.product.executor.PatchingStepExecutor - COMMAND Looks like this: /bin/sh -c 'cd /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db;ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db ORACLE_SID=DB1 /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db/OPatch/datapatch -verbose'
2020-09-02 16:26:57,662 INFO  [438] com.oracle.glcm.patch.auto.db.product.executor.GISystemCall - Is retry required=false
2020-09-02 16:26:57,662 INFO  [438] com.oracle.glcm.patch.auto.db.product.executor.PatchingStepExecutor - status: 1
2020-09-02 16:26:57,662 INFO  [438] com.oracle.glcm.patch.auto.db.product.executor.PatchingStepExecutor - 
SQL Patching tool version Production on Wed Sep  2 16:26:57 2020
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Log file for this invocation: /u01/app/oracle/base/cfgtoollogs/sqlpatch/sqlpatch_25218_2020_09_02_16_26_57/sqlpatch_invocation.log

Connecting to database...
Error: prereq checks failed!
Database connect failed with: ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist
Linux-x86_64 Error: 2: No such file or directory
Additional information: 4376
Additional information: 1275019259 (DBD ERROR: OCISessionBegin)

Please refer to MOS Note 1609718.1 and/or the invocation log
for information on how to resolve the above errors.

SQL Patching tool complete on Wed Sep  2 16:26:57 2020

Clearly, the database is still in place.
As per MOS (ORA-01078 Can Not Delete Database From Dbca on Linux (Doc ID 1559634.1)) -> See the /etc/oratab!

Thing is, the doesn’t have the DB1 line. Also, all related files, logs directory structure, passwd, init, etc… all wiped out. What else?

Here is goes what seems Oracle forgot to tell:

[oracle@PRODB01 dbca]$ srvctl status database -d DB1
Database is not running.
[oracle@DMSDB1PA dbca]$ srvctl config database -d DB1
Database unique name: DB1
Database name: DB1
Oracle home: /u01/app/oracle/product/19c/db
Oracle user: oracle
Password file: 
Start options: open
Stop options: immediate
Database role: PRIMARY
Management policy: AUTOMATIC
Disk Groups: DATA
OSDBA group: oinstall
OSOPER group: 
Database instance: DB1
Ohhh, that took me a while to realize, this was a Standalone server. Once understood, the fix is straight forward:
[oracle@PRODB01 dbca]$ srvctl remove database -d DB1
Remove the database dms? (y/[n]) y
[oracle@PRODB01 dbca]$

I hope this can buy you some minutes of MOS, in case you are googling it first.
Or save you in case you gave up MOS already.