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Oracle E-Business Suite

Technical Planning Guide, First Edition


Release 12.2
Part No. E35675-06

January 2014

Oracle E-Business Suite Technical Planning Guide, First Edition, Release 12.2
Part No. E35675-06
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Contents

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Preface
1

Introduction
Purpose of this Book................................................................................................................. 1-1

Hardware Resources
Hardware Sizing Requirements................................................................................................ 2-1
CPU Requirements...............................................................................................................2-1
Memory Requirements........................................................................................................ 2-2
Disk Space Requirements..................................................................................................... 2-3
Additional Guidelines for Database and Application Tier Sizing ......................................... 2-5

Technology Stack Considerations


Upgrade Checklist..................................................................................................................... 3-1

Introduction to Online Patching


Online Patching Concepts......................................................................................................... 4-1

Preparing for Online Patching


Introduction............................................................................................................................... 5-1
Preparing the Environment....................................................................................................... 5-4
Running the Readiness Reports................................................................................................ 5-5
Running the Online Patching Database Standards Checker................................................... 5-6

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Running the Global Standards Compliance Checker (GSCC)................................................ 5-6

Development Standards for Online Patching


Introduction............................................................................................................................... 6-1
Editioned Objects...................................................................................................................... 6-3
Effectively-Editioned Objects................................................................................................... 6-9
Non-Editioned Objects............................................................................................................ 6-25
Example of Disabling Functionality During Online Patching.............................................. 6-29
Blocking a Concurrent Program while Online Patching........................................................6-29
Examples of SQL Replacements for PL/SQL Functions......................................................... 6-30
LONG to CLOB Conversion Procedures................................................................................ 6-32

Index

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Preface

Intended Audience
Welcome to Release 12.2 of the Oracle E-Business Suite Technical Planning Guide, First
Edition.
This guide assumes you have a working knowledge of the following:

The principles and customary practices of your business area.

Computer desktop application usage and terminology.

If you have never used Oracle E-Business Suite, we suggest you attend one or more of
the Oracle E-Business Suite training classes available through Oracle University.
See Related Information Sources on page viii for more Oracle E-Business Suite product
information.

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Structure
1 Introduction
2 Hardware Resources

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3 Technology Stack Considerations


4 Introduction to Online Patching
5 Preparing for Online Patching
6 Development Standards for Online Patching

Related Information Sources


Online Documentation
All Oracle E-Business Suite documentation is available online (HTML or PDF).

Online Help - Online help patches (HTML) are available on My Oracle Support.

PDF Documentation - See the Oracle E-Business Suite Documentation Library for
current PDF documentation for your product with each release.

Release Notes - For information about changes in this release, including new
features, known issues, and other details, see the release notes for the relevant
product, available on My Oracle Support.

Oracle Electronic Technical Reference Manual - The Oracle Electronic Technical


Reference Manual (eTRM) contains database diagrams and a detailed description of
database tables, forms, reports, and programs for each Oracle E-Business Suite
product. This information helps you convert data from your existing applications
and integrate Oracle E-Business Suite data with non-Oracle applications, and write
custom reports for Oracle E-Business Suite products. The Oracle eTRM is available
on My Oracle Support.

Integration Repository
The Oracle Integration Repository is a compilation of information about the service
endpoints exposed by the Oracle E-Business Suite of applications. It provides a
complete catalog of Oracle E-Business Suite's business service interfaces. The tool lets
users easily discover and deploy the appropriate business service interface for
integration with any system, application, or business partner.
The Oracle Integration Repository is shipped as part of the E-Business Suite. As your
instance is patched, the repository is automatically updated with content appropriate
for the precise revisions of interfaces in your environment.
You can navigate to the Oracle Integration Repository through Oracle E-Business Suite
Integrated SOA Gateway.

Do Not Use Database Tools to Modify Oracle E-Business Suite Data


Oracle STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that you never use SQL*Plus, Oracle Data
Browser, database triggers, or any other tool to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data
unless otherwise instructed.

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Oracle provides powerful tools you can use to create, store, change, retrieve, and
maintain information in an Oracle database. But if you use Oracle tools such as
SQL*Plus to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data, you risk destroying the integrity of
your data and you lose the ability to audit changes to your data.
Because Oracle E-Business Suite tables are interrelated, any change you make using an
Oracle E-Business Suite form can update many tables at once. But when you modify
Oracle E-Business Suite data using anything other than Oracle E-Business Suite, you
may change a row in one table without making corresponding changes in related tables.
If your tables get out of synchronization with each other, you risk retrieving erroneous
information and you risk unpredictable results throughout Oracle E-Business Suite.
When you use Oracle E-Business Suite to modify your data, Oracle E-Business Suite
automatically checks that your changes are valid. Oracle E-Business Suite also keeps
track of who changes information. If you enter information into database tables using
database tools, you may store invalid information. You also lose the ability to track who
has changed your information because SQL*Plus and other database tools do not keep a
record of changes.

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1
Introduction

Purpose of this Book


This book was created to provide a starting point for moving to Oracle E-Business Suite
Release 12.2. Its purpose is to collect the essential information needed to start planning
for this move. Much of the content of this guide has been drawn from other Release 12.2
books, to provide a convenient high-level summary for DBAs and developers before
they move on to the more detailed descriptions in those books. It is not intended to
replace or be a substitute for any of those books.
Among the many new features of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, one of the most
significant is the move to online patching, which greatly reduces the periods of
downtime needed when applying patches. Such a significant transition does, however,
require an understanding of the new patching model, including the new terminology
and tools that underpin online patching operation, as well as the database and file
system features and organization. Online patching is discussed in detail in a later
chapter.
Another key change in Release 12.2 is the employment of Oracle WebLogic Server for
many system management and configuration tasks. This supplements (but does not
replace) the traditional AutoConfig tool that has been used for some time. Together,
these tools provide comprehensive management capabilities for a Release 12.2 system.
It is important to understand the role of each, and how they complement one another.
In summary, this Planning Guide is designed to help you identify what you need to
think about as you prepare to install (or upgrade to) Oracle E-Business Suite Release
12.2 and its online patching environment.

Introduction 1-1

2
Hardware Resources

Hardware Sizing Requirements


Because there are different product combinations, different user profiles, and different
configurations, there is no one sizing answer for all hardware platforms. Some
hardware vendors have sizing worksheets that model the CPU and memory
requirements of Oracle E-Business Suite on their hardware.
The most reliable strategy to ensure that the hardware is sized appropriately is to install
a test environment, and then conduct a benchmark test with a configuration, product
mix, and user load that simulates your own current and expected workloads. These
conditions can help verify performance before you install your production-ready
environment. An alternative is to ask Oracle Consulting Services or your hardware
vendor to find another Oracle E-Business Suite system running a product mix and user
profile similar to yours.

CPU Requirements
CPU requirements for running Oracle E-Business Suite depend on, in no particular
order:

Number of concurrent users and their usage profiles

Number of concurrent manager processes and the types of jobs that they are
running

Load for activities other than Oracle E-Business Suite

Size of the database

Desired response time

Hardware Resources 2-1

Memory Requirements
The Oracle E-Business Suite Database requires adequate memory to support the specific
needs of a given installation. To determine the total memory requirements on the
machine where the database is installed, you must take the following into account:

Oracle Database overhead

Size of System Global Area (SGA)

Number of concurrent users

Any non-Oracle software that has to run on the machine (this is not recommended)

You should aim to allow for any expected growth in usage over the planned lifetime of
the Oracle E-Business Suite system. It is, however, relatively straightforward to scale up
a system later to meet additional requirements, either by adding nodes to the
application tier or employing Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) on the
database tier.
Important: To help determine your memory requirements for the

various Oracle E-Business Suite Database components, refer to My


Oracle Support Knowledge Document 396009.1, Database Initialization
Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

Minimum Memory for an Oracle E-Business Suite Installation


The minimum amount of memory needed to run Oracle E-Business Suite is about 6 GB
for the database tier machine and 10 GB for an application tier machine. This kind of
configuration would typically support 10 or fewer users in addition to online patching
activity.
Important: For detailed guidance and recommendations on this subject,

refer to the section, "Database and Application Tier Sizing."

Single-user single-host non-production system


For the special case of a system that will only be employed by a single user to develop
or test patches, the minimum memory requirement is 8 GB.
Important: This figure represents the minimum amount of memory that

can be employed, and may rise either to meet the needs of new releases
or the deployment of components such as additional managed servers.

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Disk Space Requirements


Rapid Install installs the file system and database files for all products, regardless of
their licensed status. The approximate file system disk space requirements for a
standard installation are:
File System Space Requirements for Standard Installation
Node

Space Required

Database node file system (Fresh install)

90 GB (includes database files and 11gR2


database Oracle Home).

Database node file system (Vision Demo


database)

200 GB (includes database files and 11gR2


database Oracle Home).

Applications node file system (OracleAS 10.1.2


Oracle Home, Oracle FMW Oracle Home,
COMMON_TOP, APPL_TOP, and
INST_TOP)

144 GB (64 GB used for dual application tier


file system, plus 80 GB that must be kept free
for file system cloning). Also, see Note below
for language considerations.

Note: The minimum recommended space required for each active

language is 16 GB in the file system (for both APPL_TOPs), and 3 GB in


the database. For more information, refer to My Oracle Support
Knowledge Document 1314621.1, Oracle E-Business Suite NLS Release
Notes, Release 12.2.

Stage area
For a production database installation, running Rapid Install from a stage area requires
at least 48 GB to accommodate the file system and database files in the stage area.
Important: Because the size of the staging area mainly depends on the

database size, care should be taken to size it according to the enterprise


needs and database footprint.

Oracle E-Business Suite log and output files


Many Oracle E-Business Suite products generate log and output files during runtime.
The disk space needed varies with the number of users and transactions, and depends
on how frequently you purge these files. Log and output files are now stored in the
fs_ne (non-editioned) file system.

Hardware Resources 2-3

Tip: Log and output files are not automatically purged. Determine a

strategy for archiving and purging these files after the installation, and
monitor the disk space they consume to determine how much space
you may need in the future.

Temporary directories and files


For install time temporary disk space, Rapid Install uses the directory defined by the
TMPDIR variable (on UNIX) or TEMP and TMP variables (on Windows). You should
ensure there is adequate (typically, several GB) of free temporary space before starting
an installation.
At runtime, Oracle E-Business Suite requires temporary disk space. For example, each
concurrent manager writes temporary parameter files, Oracle Reports writes temporary
format files, and Oracle Forms writes temporary buffer records. Rapid Install sets the
temporary directory based on the value you supply on node-specific settings screens.
The directory defined by the TMPDIR variable is also used for some temporary files,
such as certain patches.
The amount of temporary space will depend on the number of forms and concurrent
manager sessions writing on the temporary file system. It is recommended that you use
separate disk partitions for operating system and user data (that is, separate partitions
for /home, /tmp, /var/tmp, /oracle, and so on). This strategy can prevent a "file system
full" issue from impacting operations. Establishing disk quotas can also prevent a user
from accidentally or intentionally filling up a file system.

Updates and patches


You will need disk space for applying updates, patches, maintenance packs, family
packs, and minipacks, and for any backup files that may be created.

Other files
The total disk space estimate must account for the requirements of files other than those
directly related to Oracle E-Business Suite. For example:

Operating system software

Online backups

Custom applications development files

Files for any other software that you use

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Additional Guidelines for Database and Application Tier Sizing


General Sizing Guidelines
Below are some general sizing guidelines for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.
In addition to the memory needed based on the sizing guidelines below, you should
allow an extra 2 GB of free memory for the database tier machine and an extra 3 GB of
free memory for the middle tier machine for Online Patching.
The sizing of various transactions depend on the transaction type (such as Oracle
Application Framework, Forms, or batch programs), and the transaction workload
(light, medium, or heavy). Some transactions may require more memory (such as those
for Oracle Configurator).
Note: You should always size your systems based on tests using

representative data and workloads for your own environment.

Oracle Application Framework Transactions


The following table shows the memory used for Oracle Application Framework-type
transactions with light to medium workload characteristics.
Note: The figures in the table do not take into account any Online

Patching requirements.

Number of
Concurrent
Users

Database
Machine
Memory

Number of
Database
Machine CPUs

Application Tier
Machine
Memory

Number of
Application Tier
Machine CPUs

0-10

4 GB

6 GB

100-200

8 GB

8 GB

200-400

12 GB

10 GB

400-800

20 GB

14 GB

You should plan your resources using the above figures as guidelines.

Oracle Forms Transactions


Each Oracle Forms process requires 40 MB of memory on the application tier. So the

Hardware Resources 2-5

memory required is given by the formula:


(Number of concurrent Oracle Forms users) x 40 MB
The following table lists the additional memory on the middle tier for the given number
of users:
Number of Users

Required Memory

100

4 GB

200

8 GB

400

16 GB

800

32 GB

On the database tier, there is one database session per open form, with a minimum of
two database sessions per Oracle Forms user (one session for the Navigator form, and
one for the active form). Each Oracle Forms session requires approximately 30 MB of
PGA memory on the database.
For Oracle Forms processes on the database, an additional 30 MB per session for the
PGA allocation is needed. The following table lists the memory required for the number
of database sessions:
Number of Forms Database Sessions

Required Memory

100

3 GB

200

6 GB

400

12 GB

800

24 GB

Middle Tier Memory


The total RAM memory for the middle tier is the sum of

Technology Stack Memory

JVM Memory

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Forms Memory

Concurrent Manager Memory

Other Running Processes

Resident Memory

OS Kernel Memory

Aside from the stack, the two main contributors to the middle tier memory are the JVM
memory and Forms memory (the frmweb process). The JVM heap size is equal to
(Number of Self-Service users / 150 ) x 1 GB. The Forms Processes memory is equal to
the (Number of Forms users) x 40 MB. Thus, for 100 concurrent users spanning
self-service applications and Forms, an additional 4 GB of memory and 1 CPU is
needed.

Database and Application Tier Sizing Example Upgrade


This section describes a sample upgrade from Release 12.1.3 to Release 12.2. The
example illustrates differences in sizing in an upgrade.
Note: For further information on this topic, refer to My Oracle Support

Knowledge Document 1597531.1, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2:


Upgrade Sizing and Best Practices.

Automatic Workload Repository Advisory sections from test runs should be used to
size relevant database memory components for the actual upgrade.
Important: To minimize unforeseen contigencies, prior to the actual

upgrade it is essential to perform pre-production testing and validation


on a comparable system to the production system.

The environment details for this upgrade are:

Operating system: Oracle Linux Enterprise Edition Server Release 5.8

Server memory: 34 GB

Number of CPUs: 32

Oracle Database Release: 11.2.0.3

Oracle E-Business Suite Release: 12.1.3


Note: The database tier and application tier are on the same machine in

Hardware Resources 2-7

this example.

The database configuration are:

SGA: 5 GB

Shared pool: 1 GB

PGA: 3 GB

Log buffer: 30 MB

job_queue_processes: 32
Note: During the upgrade of the "Admin Tier", batchsize and number

of workers used were 1000 and 32 respectively.

The data in the following table was determined from an upgrade from Release 12.1.3 to
Release 12.2.
Before Upgrade
Database Size (GB)

After Upgrade
Database Size (GB)

Delta (GB)

% Growth

456

481

25

5.5

Note that the delta (difference in size) is a result of adding 25 GB in system table space
as a prerequisite for Online Patching enablement.
On the application tier in this sample upgrade, the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2
is installed with three file systems, to accommodate the new Online Patching feature.

fs1 (production file system) - Used by the current users of the system.

fs2 (copy of production file system) - Used by the patching tools.

fs_ne (non-editioned file system) - Used to store data that is kept in the file system
(such as data import and export files, reports, and output and log files).

In addition, the pre-upgrade file system has a requirement for an INST_TOP.


All three file systems in the Release 12.2 installation serve a single database. The file
system in use by the running application is never patched. All patches are applied to
the secondary file system.
The following table lists the data for this sample upgrade scenario from Release 12.1.3:

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Component

Before Upgrade Size

After Upgrade Size

ORACLE_HOME

3.6 GB

3.6 GB

APPL_TOP

28 GB

N/A

INST_TOP

20 MB

N/A

fs1 (APPL_TOP+ INST_TOP)

N/A

30 GB

fs2 (APPL_TOP+ INST_TOP)

N/A

29 GB

fs_ne

N/A

660 KB

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3
Technology Stack Considerations

Upgrade Checklist
In preparation for upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, you should do the
following:
1.

Migrate database to Oracle Database 11g Release 2. Oracle E-Business Suite Release
12.2 requires at a minimum Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.3).
Oracle strongly recommends that all Oracle E-Business Suite customers upgrade
their current environments to the 11.2.0.3 Database patchset. If you have not
already upgraded your Oracle E-Business Suite database to 11.2.0.3, you should do
so now. You will not only benefit by receiving the latest updates for security,
performance, and stability before you move to Release 12.2, but will have one fewer
step to perform when you upgrade to Release 12.2.
Note: Consult Certify on My Oracle Support for the latest certified

version.

2.

If you are on Release 11i, prepare an upgrade plan to move to Release 12.X.
The benefits here are similar to those in point 1 above, but in this case for Oracle
E-Business Suite instead of Oracle Database. A large number of significant product
enhancements were introduced in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.X, including
features such as subledger accounting, support for a shared services model,
multiple-organization access control, and extensive new reports. Many customers
have found that these Release 12.X enhancements provide an opportunity to update
existing business processes, introduce new business models, and retire redundant
customizations.

3.

Switch from Oracle Single Sign-On to Oracle Access Manager.


Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is certified only with Oracle Access Manager

Technology Stack Considerations 3-1

11g and higher. If you are running Oracle Single Sign-On, you should migrate to
Oracle Access Manager before upgrading to Release 12.2.
4.

Switch from Oracle Portal to Oracle WebCenter Portal.


Oracle Portal is deprecated in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. If you are using
Oracle Portal, you should migrate to Oracle WebCenter Portal before upgrading to
Release 12.2.

5.

Create an inventory of all customizations.


All Oracle E-Business Suite customers should compile a comprehensive inventory
of their existing customizations. Enhancements delivered with Release 12.2 may
make some of these customizations unnecessary.
Later chapters in this book provide information on how to ensure custom code
complies with new Release 12.2 coding standards. In particular, you should run
both the Online Patching Readiness Report and Global Standards Compliance
Checker to help ensure that your code is compliant.

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4
Introduction to Online Patching

Online Patching Concepts


Traditionally, Oracle E-Business Suite has needed to be shut down to apply patches and
bug fixes of various kinds. Scheduling the downtimes needed can prove difficult to
combine with requirements for the highest possible availability of business-critical
systems. This is exacerbated by the increasing move to consolidate systems into a single
instance that may support worldwide operations, and which consequently does not
have a natural downtime window.
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 introduces online patching, which greatly reduces
the need for such downtime. All patching in Release 12.2 is performed using this new
model.
Key features of online patching include:

Patching operations are carried out while the applications are in use and users are
online. This is accomplished by means of a copy of the application components that
are stored in the database and file system (data stored in transaction tables is not
copied).

Patching is performed using the new adop (AD Online Patching) utility.

A short period of downtime is required, but this amounts to little more than a
restart ("bounce") of the application tier services: the time the applications are
unavailable is measured in minutes rather than hours, and this can be set to be at
the most convenient time, for example outside normal business hours.

Maintenance Mode is not needed or used in Release 12.2.

The patching model used before Release 12.2 was designed to minimize downtime by
performing its operations in the shortest time possible, using whatever resources are
needed. In contrast, the online patching model is designed to minimize downtime by
allowing patching operations to be performed while users remain on the system.

Introduction to Online Patching 4-1

Overview
In traditional patching, application of a patch is a single logical operation. In online
patching, it can be thought of as a series of related steps:
1.

A copy is made of the code of the running system that resides in both the file
system and database.

2.

Patches are applied to the copy while users continue to access the running system.

3.

The copy becomes the new running system.

4.

The original running system (now obsolete) is recycled for use in future patching
cycles.

These steps constitute the online patching cycle. To implement this mechanism, various
changes have been made to the Oracle E-Business Suite infrastructure.
Any method used to create a copy of the running application must take into account
that an Oracle E-Business Suite application comprises both code and data, stored in the
database and the file system. A key concept is the edition as a copy of the application
code: the running application executes on the run edition, while any patching activity
takes place in the patch edition. The implementation mechanism uses the Oracle
Database 11g Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) feature to cater for database objects, and
a dual file system to cater for objects stored in the file system.
Two complete file systems are always present in an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2
system. As noted above, the run file system is the one currently in use by the running
application, while the patch file system is the either being patched or awaiting the start
of the next online patching cycle. In other words, the two file systems swap roles with
every online patching cycle.
In the database, there is also a run edition and patch edition, but they do not swap roles
back and forth as in the file system: the patch edition only comes into existence during a
patching cycle, and becomes the new run edition at the end of the cycle. The former
database run edition (the old edition) and the obsolete objects it contains are discarded
at the end of an online patching cycle, and the space reclaimed during the cleanup
phase.
These concepts will all be described in more detail after a discussion of the way they are
used in the online patching cycle.

The Online Patching Cycle


The online patching cycle is divided into five phases:

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Patching Cycle Overview


The key actions in the various stages of the online patching cycle can be summarized as
follows:

Prepare

Synchronizes patch edition and run edition on the file system.

Creates a new patch edition in the database.

Apply

Executes patch drivers to update patch edition.

Patches applied: can be one or many, including customizations.

Finalize

Compiles invalid objects.

Generates derived objects.

Cutover

Introduction to Online Patching 4-3

Configures patch edition file system to be the new run edition file system.

Configures patch edition of database to be the new run edition.

Restarts application tier services.

Cleanup

Delete obsolete code and seed data to recover space.

Each of the phases will now be discussed in more detail.


Prepare
The following actions are taken in this phase.
On the file system:
1.

The patch file system is synchronized with the run file system.

2.

The patch edition files become an exact copy of the run edition files.
Note: By default, synchronization is incremental: that is, only files that

were changed in the last patch application are copied.

In the database:
1.

A patch edition is created in the database.

2.

All code objects in the patch edition begin as pointers to code objects in the run
edition. Code objects in the patch edition begin as lightweight "stub objects" that
point to the actual object definitions, which are inherited from earlier editions. Stub
objects consume minimal space, so the database patch edition is initially very small
in size.

3.

As patches are applied to the patch edition, code objects are actualized (have a new
definition created) in that edition.
Note: Storage objects (such as transaction tables) are not copied.

Apply
The following actions are taken in this phase:
1.

Patches are applied to the patch edition. During this process, any changed stub
objects will become actual code objects in the patch edition.

2.

The changes introduced by the patches are made in the isolation of the patch
edition.

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Changes to code objects are only visible in the patch edition of the file system
and database.

Changes to tables are stored in new columns or rows that are only visible to the
patch edition.
Note: At this point, users still remain connected to the application and

performing their work.

Finalize
This phase is used to perform the final operations that can be executed while the
application is online:
1.

Invalid objects are compiled.

2.

Derived objects are generated.

3.

Any actions that must be performed at cutover are pre-computed and stored for
quick execution at that time.

Cutover
This phase involves:
1.

Shutdown of application tier services.

2.

Execution of any required cutover actions to maintain non-editioned objects and


data.

3.

Configuration of the patch edition of the file system as the new run edition.

4.

Configuration of the patch edition of the database as the new run edition.

5.

Restart of application tier services on the new run edition.

Although the cutover phase does require a short period of application tier services
downtime, the online patching cycle can be paused for as long as required prior to
running this phase. You could, for example, add such a pause to ensure that the
downtime period will be outside business hours.
Note: The database remains open throughout the entire online patching

cycle, including cutover.

Cleanup
The following database actions are taken in this phase, which occurs after users have
been brought back online to the newly-patched application:

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1.

Old code objects that are no longer visible in the run edition are dropped.

2.

Old data (rows or columns) that is no longer visible in the run edition is deleted or
dropped.

3.

Old database editions that no longer contain actual objects are dropped.

Database Implementation
Creating a copy of the database part of the running system has been accomplished by
taking advantage of the Oracle Database 11g R2 Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) feature.
This allows an application to efficiently store multiple copies of its application
definition in the same database, and thereby enables online upgrade of the database
tier.
The term edition refers to the isolation mechanism that allows pre-upgrade and
post-upgrade schemas to co-exist. The simplest way to think of an edition is as a
separate (isolated) copy of all database code objects that are changed by a patch.
The three types of database edition are:

Run: Online users connect to this edition, which is always the default database
edition. The run edition will always exist.

Patch: Patching tools connect to this edition. A child of the run edition, the patch
edition exists only while a patching cycle is in progress.

Old: When a patch edition is promoted to be the run edition, the previous run
edition is now regarded as an old edition. There may be zero or more old editions at
a given time. They are discarded when a full cleanup (described later) is performed.
You cannot connect to an old edition.

Editioned and Non-Editioned Objects


EBR automatically manages versioning of objects that support editioning, such as code
objects. However, not all objects can be editioned: most notably, this includes
transactional data, of which there is only ever one copy.
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 introduces a new concept, the logical view of the
data model. This is implemented via synonyms and editioning views, which isolate the
running application from changes to the data model that may be introduced by a patch.
That is to say, data model changes are guaranteed to not affect the running application.
Data model changes are implemented as new columns on the table, which are exposed
to the patch edition of the application via the editioning view. New tables can be
introduced by an extension of the same principle.
Crossedition Triggers
A new type of object, the crossedition trigger, is used to synchronize data as part of the
online patching process. These triggers provide the logic to synchronize and transform

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data between the run edition and patch edition storage columns. The result is that new
transactions entered into the system are patched in place.
More specifically, crossedition triggers allow the run edition to signal that a data update
is required. They fire in response to an insert into, delete from, or update of,
FND_TABLE. For example, suppose that a patch updates a column called
DESCRIPTION from upper case to mixed case. Editioning views project different views
of the table to the run and patch editions, so the running application still sees the
column data as upper case, while the patched application sees the column data as
mixed case. The updated column is maintained by a crossedition trigger.
In summary, crossedition triggers are used to upgrade both existing data and ongoing
changes that occur while the run edition remains in use.
Editioning Views and the Application Data Model
Editioning views can be thought of as providing a cover layer, or logical representation
of the data, on top of the physical representation. All code (Oracle E-Business Suite,
custom, or third-party) must access Oracle E-Business Suite data via the cover layer:
accessing the data model via the physical layer may result in obsolete data been
returned.

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Note: The implementation of EBR for Oracle E-Business Suite requires

all code to access the data model via the APPS synonym, which points
to the editioning view (logical model).

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Important: Any code accessing the physical model risks accessing

obsolete columns.

Online Patching and Seed Data


Oracle E-Business Suite seed data is data stored in database tables that affects the
behavior of the applications, and is patched as needed by Oracle E-Business Suite
Development. In an online patch environment, patches cannot be allowed to modify the
seed data that is visible to the running application.
Online patches are prevented from modifying runtime seed data by the use of editioned
data storage. This involves creation of a (patch) copy of the seed data, which is stored in
the same table. The patches that are applied interact only with this copy, while the run
edition only interacts with a private copy (which is eventually deleted as part of the
cleanup phase).
The running application uses the run edition copy of seed data, while patches may
update the patch edition copy of seed data in isolation. The two copies are isolated,
except that seed data changes made by the running application are synchronized to the
patch edition copy.
In terms of editions and seed data, the run edition:

Always operates on a private copy of the seed data

Is never modified by patch application

In contrast, the patch edition:

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Runs the seed data loader

Prepares the relevant table for patching

Copies all table rows

Loads seed data changes into the (patch) copy

Updates to seed data in the run edition are automatically propagated to the patch
edition by the use of crossedition triggers.

File System Implementation


Creating and using two file systems allows one (run file system) to be part of the
running system, while the other (patch file system) is either being patched currently or
waiting to be patched during the next patching cycle.
Note: The file systems are designated File System 1 and File System 2 in

Rapid Install. These are abbreviated to fs1 and fs2 respectively.

The two file systems are sometimes referred to as a dual file system, and swap roles at the
end of each patching cycle. That is, the file system that has just been patched is now put
into use as part of the running system (becoming the new run file system), and the
previous run file system now takes over the the role of patch file system (in readiness
for commencement of the next patching cycle).
Important: The existence of the dual file system has significant

implications for general (non-patching) maintenance activities.

However, two file systems are not sufficient to meet all the practical needs of an online
patching environment for Oracle E-Business Suite. A third file system, described in the
next section, is also required.

Non-Editioned File System


The dual file system approach caters for application code, but applications also use the
file system to read and write business data. In Release 12.2, application data files are
stored in a third area, the non-editioned file system (fs_ne), which is used to store data that
is needed across all file systems. Non-editioned files are not copied or moved during
patching: their location remains constant across online patching cycles.

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The Three File Systems: fs1, fs2, and fs_ne

The non-editioned file system is therefore completely separate from file system 1 and
file system 2.
Context Variables for Online Patching File Systems
Several AutoConfig context variables support the file systems used in online patching.
For example, the s_ne_base context variable stores the location of the non-editioned file
system, and AutoConfig sets the environment variable $NE_BASE to the corresponding

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value. AutoConfig also sets the environment variables $RUN_BASE and


$PATCH_BASE, so you can easily tell which is currently the run file system and which
the patch file system.
Files Stored in the Non-Editioned File System
The non-editioned file system is designed to store files that contain transactional data
and reference data. Examples include: import, export files, general log files, and
concurrent manager log and out files.These are all examples of files that are not
modified during an online patching cycle.
More specialized examples include:

Batch upload and download files.

Files used to transfer transactional data from processes external to Oracle


E-Business Suite (for example, where a third party order entry system delivers
orders via order import files).

Files containing transactions that are needed across all file systems.
Note: The non-editioned file system is not designed to store shared

files, because initially identical files can become non-identical during


patching life cycles. Nor is it designed to store code, which is editioned
(one copy can be in the run file system while the other is in the patch
file system).

Online Patching Tools


Patching is performed by running the new adop (AD Online Patching) utility. You must
run adop instead of the adpatch utility that was used in previous releases.
The adop tool orchestrates the entire patching cycle, and can be executed by specifying
phases individually or collectively. For example, adop phase=prepare, adop
phase=apply, and adop phase=cutover is the equivalent of adop
phase=prepare,apply,cutover.

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5
Preparing for Online Patching

Introduction
Oracle E-Business Suite includes a utility, the Online Patching Readiness Report, to help
you identify database components that need updates in preparation for Release 12.2
and Online Patching enablement. This utility is to be run in a Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1, or
12.2 environment (before Online Patching is enabled).
This utility is available independent of Release 12.2 for customers preparing to upgrade
prior to acquiring Release 12.2. It is also available for Release 12.2. Download the
appropriate patch for your release (Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1, or 12.2). To find the patch
number, refer to My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 1531121.1, "Using the
Online Patching Readiness Report in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2." The patch
README file has the most up-to-date information on this utility.
Important: You must fix all violations that are reported by this utility

before enabling online patching.

Executing the Summary Readiness Report and the Manual Fix Readiness Report
You must run the readiness reports described in the sections below from the application
tier APPL_TOP. This reports lists objects that do not comply with the edition-based
redefinition (EBR) rule that noneditionable objects may not refer to editionable objects
(editionable objects are synonyms, views, and PL/SQL objects). This report also lists
several naming standard violations that must be fixed prior to applying the online
patching enablement patch.
In addition, you must run the Global Standards Compliance Checker (GSCC) script and
address errors that are reported by this script. For up-to-date information on this script,
refer to My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 1531121.1, "Using the Online
Patching Readiness Report in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2," as well as the
related patch README file.

Preparing for Online Patching 5-1

The steps involved with running the report are illustrated in the following diagram:
Running the Summary Readiness Report and the Manual Fix Readiness Report

1.

Execute the Summary Readiness Report (ADZDPSUM.sql).


If there are no unregistered custom schemas, proceed to Step 3. Otherwise, go to
Step 2.

2.

Register schemas for enablement.


Run the Summary Readiness Report again.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until there are no unregistered schemas. Then proceed to Step
3.

3.

Execute the Manual Fix Readiness Report (ADZDPMAN.sql), the Online Patching
Database Compliance Checker, and the Global Standards Compliance Checker.
If there are no exceptions reported, go to Step 5. Otherwise, go to Step 4.

4.

Fix any exceptions found by running the utilities in Step 3.


Run the utilities in Step 3 again until there are no exceptions found.

5.

Enable Online Patching.

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Ensuring Custom Code Complies with New Standards


You must ensure your custom code complies with the new standards that ensure the
relevant database objects and code can successfully be patched online.
Use the tools provided to review your customizations for violations of Oracle
E-Business Suite Online Patching standards:

Database Standards Checker (ADZDDBCC.sql) - This utility scans the data


dictionary for objects and code that violate the standards.

File system check report (gscc.pl) - This script scans the file system for source files
that violate the standards.

The readiness reports described earlier and the Database Standards Checker (also called
the Database Compliance Checker, or DBCC) are designed to be executed on a system
that has not yet been online patching-enabled. They can and should be run after
enablement as a final check. The sequence for the procedure after online patching has
been enabled is as follows:
1.

Upgrade to Release 12.2.

2.

Run readiness reports.

3.

Fix errors and repeat Step 2.

4.

Run the Database Standards Checker (ADZDDBCC.sql).

5.

Fix errors found in Step 4. Repeat Step 4.


Note: The DBCC utility cannot give a complete report until the

system has online patching enabled.

6.

Enable online patching.

7.

Rerun readiness reports. No errors or issues should be reported.

8.

Rerun the Database Standards Checker (ADZDDBCC.sql).

9.

Fix any errors and repeat Step 8 until no errors are reported.

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Checking Compliance with the Database Standards Checker

Preparing the Environment


Prepare the environment to run the utilities.
1.

Initialize the run file system environment:


source <RUN APPL_TOP>/<Instance SID>_<hostname>.env

Note: The subsequent steps assume that you are running in the

same session which was initialized with this environment file. If


you need additional operating system level sessions, remember to
initialize the environment with this same environment file.

2.

Create the online patching log file location and set it as the current directory:
mkdir $LOG_HOME/appl/op
cd $LOG_HOME/appl/op

Note: The $LOG_HOME directory will be under the instance top

of the run file system.

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Running the Readiness Reports


Run the following scripts:

ADZDPSUM.sql - Provides a summary of the schemas that will be editioned and


the schemas with objects that depend on Oracle E-Business Suite code that are
recommended to be editioned. You can register these schemas with the application
by running the commands that will be listed in the last section of this report. Oracle
recommends that you run this report again after the custom schemas are registered
with the application.
Refer to the patch README for instructions on running this script. Review the
generated report and perform the recommended actions. Rerun the report until you
have no more pending actions.

ADZDPMAN.sql - Lists objects with different categories of EBR rule violations;


these objects must be fixed prior to running the process enable Online Patching to
avoid errors. Oracle recommends that you run this report after all custom schemas
are registered with the application according to instructions in the above report
ADZDPSUM.sql.
Refer to the patch README for instructions on running this script. Review the
generated report and perform the recommended actions. Rerun the report until you
have no more pending actions.

ADZDPAUT.sql - Lists all the objects with violations to the EBR rules that will be
fixed automatically from the enablement process. This report is provided for
information purposes and no action should be taken for this report.
Note: Many violations in the readiness report can be automatically

fixed by registering your custom schemas. Review the last section of the
Summary Readiness Report (ADZDPSUM.sql) for sample commands
on how to register your custom schemas, as well as any schema
installed as part of an Oracle technology such as APEX, XDB, and
OWBSYS. You must register any custom or third-party schema that
does not support Oracle E-Business Suite Online Patching. The
following schemas should NOT be registered:

SYS

SYSTEM

CTXSYS

Any dependency between these schemas and editioned objects is a


coding standards violation and must be fixed manually.

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Oracle recommends that you perform the chosen fixes by customizing the template file
$AD_TOP/sql/ADZDPCUST.sql. The reports provide more details on this step.

Running the Online Patching Database Standards Checker


Run the Online Patching Database Standards Checker Report (ADZDDBCC.sql) to
check for coding standards violations.
This utility reports violations to the Online Patching development standards. Refer to
the database object standards later in this book for more information on these
standards. You must fix any object listed in this report that is part of your custom code.
If you do not fix the violation, then you cannot use the online patching infrastructure to
patch the objects listed in this report.
Note: The consequences of failing to fix a violation depend on the type

of violation. Objects that do not comply with Online Patching


development standards may behave incorrectly or become invalid
during or after online patching.

Note: Some SQL statements in this report have a dependency on Oracle

E-Business Suite Release 12.2 which requires the Oracle 11gR2


database. If you are running the report prior to a Release 12.2 upgrade
and have not upgraded your database to 11gR2, then any SQL failures
can be ignored. The report should then be rerun after the Oracle
E-Business Suite Release 12.2 upgrade is complete or the database has
been upgraded to 11gR2, and any errors corrected then.

Running the Global Standards Compliance Checker (GSCC)


Run the Global Standards Compliance Checker (or GSCC, or gscc.pl script) to check for
common standards issues.
The implementation of Online Patching in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 relies on
the Oracle Database 11gR2 Edition-based redefinition feature, and adds a new logical
view over the database objects in schemas registered with Oracle E-Business Suite.
Access to these database objects must be through the logical layer, and new coding
standards help to ensure that code does this correctly. The implementation of the logical
layer has been done such that the majority of application code already follows the new
standards; however, this script is provided to scan and identify many compliance issues
if they exist. To learn more about this script, refer to My Oracle Support Knowledge
Document 1531121.1, "Using the Online Patching Readiness Report in Oracle E-Business
Suite Release 12.2," and the readme for the patch referenced in that document.
The Global Standards Compliance Checker (GSCC) consists of a main engine script
$FND_TOP/bin/gscc.pl plus various enforcement code (EFC) modules in

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$FND_TOP/perl/GSCC/OpenEFC that check for common standards issues. Refer to


the readme of the patch for instructions on running the GSCC and interpreting the
output. Correct the errors reported by this script.

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6
Development Standards for Online Patching

Introduction
This chapter documents new or modified standards designed specifically for database
object development and online patching in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. Other
development standards are not covered.
Note: These standards only apply to objects and data that can be

directly managed by application developers. The database may


generate internal/hidden tables, indexes, types, and other objects. The
development standards do not apply to these generated objects.

Note: Any reference to an explicit schema name in these standards (for

example, "APPS") should be taken as conceptual, and not necessarily


the actual schema name. Schema names should not be included in the
software code, as a different name for a schema might be chosen at
installation. The only exception to this rule is the APPS_NE schema,
which is guaranteed to have this name in all installations.

Sections in this chapter are organized by object type. For each object type, the following
types of standards are given.

Definition Standards - These are rules that must be followed concerning the
definition of the object. These rules apply to all objects in the base release of Oracle
E-Business Suite Release 12.2.

Usage Standards - These are rules that must be followed when using the object
during application runtime.

Dynamic DDL Standards - These are rules that must be followed when generating
or altering the object definition during application runtime.

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-1

The Online Patching Database Compliance Checker Report


This utility reports many violations to the Online Patching development standards for
database objects. You must fix any object listed in this report that is part of your custom
code. If you do not fix the violations, then you cannot use the online patching
infrastructure to patch the objects listed in this report.
Check for violations of online patching database standards by running the Online
Patching Database Compliance Checker with the following command:
sqlplus <apps_username>/<apps_password>@DB @$AD_TOP/sql/ADZDDBCC.sql

Note: For more information on this utility, refer to My Oracle Support

Knowledge Document 1531121.1, "Using the Online Patching Readiness


Report in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2," as well as the README
for the patch referenced in that document.

Requirements of Online Patching


The two main requirements of online patching can be stated in two simple rules:

An online patch must not break the running application

The running application must not break the online patch

The basis of Online Patching is an Oracle Database 11gR2 feature known as


Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR). This means that the Oracle E-Business Suite
installation supports two editions (versions) of the application on a single system. The
application runs on a set of files and database objects known as the "Run Edition". An
online patch is applied to a copy of the Run Edition known as the "Patch Edition".
Database tables, indexes, and other non-editioned objects are shared across both
editions.
The requirements for Online Patching imply the following general development
standards:

An online patch must only change editioned objects in the Patch Edition.

An online patch must not make incompatible changes to non-editioned objects or


data used by the running application.

The running application must replicate dynamic changes to editioned objects to the
Patch Edition.

The running application must not make changes to non-editioned objects


maintained by Online Patching.

The remaining development standards provide guidance to help ensure you meet the

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above criteria for each type of database object.

Editioned Objects
Editioned objects may have different definitions in each database edition. This means
that such objects can be easily patched (in the patch edition) without affecting the
running application (in the run edition).

View (Ordinary)
Definition Standards

A view name must be a non-quoted identifier.

Note: Non-quoted identifiers may only use the following

characters: A-Z 0-9 _ # $. Quoted identifiers are reserved for use


by the technology components.

A join view should define a ROW_ID column mapped to the ROWID of the base
table.

Usage Standards
Do not reference the implicit ROWID pseudo-column of a join view. The availability of
implicit ROWID from a join view may change without warning. Instead, use the explicit
ROW_ID column that should be present in all join views.
Dynamic DDL Standards
If the running application creates, replaces or drops a view while a patch edition exists,
then the same action must be executed in the patch edition. This requirement can be
satisfied in either of two ways:
1.

Replicate the run edition dynamic DDL in the patch edition.


Use AD_DDL, which will replicate run edition DDL for views in the patch edition
automatically.
Example:

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/* Code example:

Create a view using AD_DDL */

declare
L_APP
varchar2(8);
L_NAME varchar2(30);
L_STMT varchar2(32000);
begin
l_app := 'FND';
l_name := 'FND_EXAMPLE_V';
l_stmt :=
'create or replace view '||l_name||' as '||
'select user_id, user_name from fnd_user '||
'where user_id < 10000';
ad_ddl.do_ddl(
ad_zd.applsys_schema,
l_app,
product
ad_ddl.create_view,
l_stmt,
l_name
);
end;
/

2.

-- applsys schema name


-- application short name for your
-- statement type
-- statement text
-- view name

Disable or block application processing that executes dynamic DDL during online
patching.
This approach can only be used if the dependent functionality can be unavailable
for days at a time without disrupting normal customer operations.
This approach is meant only as a temporary workaround.
See:

Disabling Functionality while Online Patching, page 6-29

Blocking a Concurrent Program while Online Patching, page 6-29

PL/SQL Package
Definition Standards
The package name must be a non-quoted identifier.
Note: Non-quoted identifiers may only use the following characters:

A-Z 0-9 _ # $. Quoted identifiers are reserved for use by the technology
components.

Usage Standards
No special considerations.

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Dynamic DDL Standards


If the running application creates, replaces, or drops PL/SQL while a patch edition
exists, then the same action must be executed in the patch rdition. This requirement can
be satisfied in either of two ways:
1.

Replicate the run edition dynamic DDL in the patch edition.


Use AD_DDL, which will replicate the run edition DDL for PL/SQL in the patch
edition automatically.
For example:
-- Example of using AD_DDL to create a PL/SQL package
DECLARE
l_applsys_schema varchar2(30);
BEGIN
-- Get applsys schema name
SELECT user
INTO l_applsys_schema
FROM dual;
-- Build and create Package Spec
ad_ddl.build_package('create package FND_GB_TEST as', 1);
ad_ddl.build_package(' procedure test;', 2);
ad_ddl.build_package('end;', 3);
ad_ddl.create_package(l_applsys_schema, 'FND', 'FND_GB_TEST',
'FALSE', 1, 3);
-- Build and create Package Body
ad_ddl.build_package('create package body FND_GB_TEST as', 1);
ad_ddl.build_package(' procedure test is', 2);
ad_ddl.build_package(' begin null; end;', 3);
ad_ddl.build_package('end;', 4);
ad_ddl.create_package(l_applsys_schema, 'FND', 'FND_GB_TEST',
'TRUE', 1, 4);
END;
/

2.

Disable or block application processing that executes Dynamic DDL during online
patching.
This approach can only be used if the dependent functionality can be unavailable
for days at a time without disrupting normal customer operations.
This approach is meant only as a temporary workaround.
See:

Disabling Functionality while Online Patching, page 6-29

Blocking a Concurrent Program while Online Patching, page 6-29

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User-Defined Type (Editioned)


Definition Standards
No special considerations.
Usage Standards
Editioned User Defined Types may not be used as Column Types or Advanced Queue
(AQ) Payload Types.
Dynamic DDL Standards
Same as PL/SQL packages.

PL/SQL Trigger
Definition Standards

The trigger name must be a non-quoted identifier.


Note: Non-quoted identifiers may only use the following

characters: A-Z 0-9 _ # $. Quoted identifiers are reserved for use by


the technology components.

A table trigger must be on the editioning view (EV), not the table. Triggers on tables
will be automatically moved to the corresponding editioning view during the
Release 12.2 upgrade. For information on editioning views, see: Oracle Database
Advanced Application Developer's Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2).
Tip: The simplest way to comply with this standard is to create

triggers on the APPS table synonym. The resulting trigger will be


created on whatever the synonym points to, which will be the
editioning view if one exists.

Note: EV triggers reference logical columns via the editioning view,

rather than actual table columns.

Dynamic DDL Standards


If the runtime application creates, replaces, or drops triggers while a patch edition
exists, then the same action must be executed in the patch edition. This requirement can
be satisfied in either of two ways:
1.

Replicate the run edition dynamic DDL in the patch edition.

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Use AD_DDL, which will replicate run edition DDL for triggers in the patch edition
automatically.
For example:
/* Code example:

Create a trigger using AD_DDL */

declare
L_APP
varchar2(8);
L_NAME varchar2(30);
L_STMT varchar2(32000);
begin
l_app := 'FND';
l_name := 'FND_EXAMPLE_TRG';
l_stmt :=
'create or replace trigger '||l_name||' '||
'before insert or update on fnd_user for each row '||
'begin '||
' ad_zd_log.message(''test'', ''STATEMENT'', ''hello!''); '||
'end;';
ad_ddl.do_ddl(
ad_zd.applsys_schema,
l_app,
product
ad_ddl.create_trigger,
l_stmt,
l_name
);
end;
/

2.

-- applsys schema name


-- application short name for your
-- statement type
-- statement text
-- trigger name

Disable or block application processing that executes dynamic DDL during online
patching. This approach can only be used if the dependent functionality can be
unavailable for days at a time without disrupting normal customer operations.
This approach is meant only as a temporary workaround.
See:

Disabling Functionality while Online Patching, page 6-29

Blocking a Concurrent Program while Online Patching, page 6-29

Synonym
Definition Standards

Most APPS synonyms are automatically created by the adop patching tool. Do not
create, modify, or drop automatically-managed synonyms.

A table synonym must point to the editioning view, not the table.

Do not create public synonyms.

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-7

Usage Standards
Use APPS synonyms to reference Oracle E-Business Suite tables. Do not reference tables
directly.
Dynamic DDL Standards
If the running application creates, replaces, or drops a synonym while a patch edition
exists, then the same action must be executed in the patch edition. This requirement can
be satisfied in either of two ways:
1.

Replicate the run edition dynamic DDL in the patch edition.


Use AD_DDL, which will replicate run edition DDL for synonyms into the patch
edition automatically.
Example:
/* Code example:

Create a synonym using AD_DDL */

declare
L_APP
varchar2(8);
L_NAME varchar2(30);
L_STMT varchar2(32000);
begin
l_app := 'FND';
l_name := 'FND_USERS';
l_stmt :=
'create or replace synonym '||l_name||' for fnd_user';
ad_ddl.do_ddl(
ad_zd.applsys_schema,
l_app,
product
ad_ddl.create_synonym,
l_stmt,
l_name
);
end;
/
2.

-- applsys schema name


-- application short name for your
-- statement type
-- statement text
-- view name

Disable or block application processing that executes dynamic DDL during online
patching.
This approach can only be used if the dependent functionality can be unavailable
for days at a time without disrupting normal operations.
This approach is meant only as a temporary workaround.
See:

Disabling Functionality while Online Patching, page 6-29

Blocking a Concurrent Program while Online Patching, page 6-29

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Virtual Private Database (VPD) Policy


Definition Standards
A VPD Policy must be on the editioning view or table synonym, not the table.
VPD Policies on tables will be automatically moved to the corresponding editioning
view during the Release 12.2 upgrade.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

Effectively-Editioned Objects
These object types are non-editioned at the database level, meaning they have a single
definition that is visible to all database editions. But for each object in this category, the
Online Patching tools implement special support so that the object can be patched
without impacting the running application. New restrictions and standards apply to
each effectively-editioned object type.

Table (Ordinary)
An ordinary table is created, altered or dropped during application patching. In
contrast, a dynamic table is created, altered, or dropped by the application at runtime.
The standards in this section apply to ordinary tables only.
In order to implement effectively-editioned support for ordinary tables, the online
patching technology installs and maintains a new editioning view layer over each table.
The editioning view maps logical column names used by the application to the actual
storage columns used to hold those attributes in each edition. Although the editioning
view is maintained automatically during online patching, developers who create or
alter tables by hand in a development database must follow new procedures to
maintain the editioning view.
Note: For some of these standards, a code corresponding to the Global

Standards Compliance Checker (GSCC) script output is given. An


example of a code is "GSCC File.Gen.34". For more information on this
script, see: Global Standards Compliance Checker (GSCC) Output, page
5-6.

Definition Standards

A table name must not use '#' character. (GSCC File.Gen.34)

A table name must be unique within the first 29 bytes.

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-9

A table must be owned by an Oracle E-Business Suite product schema or custom


product schema, not APPS. (GSCC File.Gen.35)

A base column name may only use '#' as last character. (GSCC File.Gen.36)

A base column name should be 28 bytes or fewer. (GSCC File.Xdf.4)


Note: Online patching currently does not support patching

columns that violate this standard. If a violating column must be


patched, then it must be replaced with compliant column (that is,
with a shorter name) as part of the patch. Application code will
need to be updated to reference the new shorter column name.

The column type must be a built-in type or a user-defined type owned by a


non-editioned user. (GSCC File.Gen.37)

The column type must not be LONG or LONG RAW. See: LONG to CLOB
Conversion Procedures, page 6-32. (GSCC File.Xdf.4)

The column type should not be ROWID. (GSCC File.Xdf.4)


ROWID references can become invalid if the target table is patched, loaded, or
rebuilt. It is not safe to store ROWID references across an online patching boundary.

Usage Standards

Query/DML statements must access tables via the table synonym or editioning
view. (GSCC File.Gen.41)

If you query, display, or store table column names in your application runtime
code, you should use logical column names rather than physical column names in
most cases.

Follow the Logical versus Physical Column Guidelines, page 6-20 for runtime
application code.
Warning: Some dictionary views (such as

ALL_TAB_COLUMNS) contain information for both Logical


and Physical table columns, depending on whether you query
the editioning view or base table data. Consult Logical versus
Physical Column Guidelines, page 6-20 for details.

Ensure your query obtains the logical or physical column information you
need.

DDL statements such as TRUNCATE will not work on an APPS table synonym that

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points to an editioning view. To truncate a table, you must supply the actual base
table (owner.table_name) in the truncate command.
Dynamic DDL Standards

Application-managed tables are tables that are created and maintained by


application logic during normal application runtime:

Application-managed (dynamic) tables must not have an editioning view.

Do not modify application-managed tables in an online patch. (GSCC


File.Gen.38)

Ordinary tables are created and maintained by online patching (and will have an
editioning view).

If the application logic modifies an ordinary table at runtime, it must use the
AD_DDL interface to execute the dynamic DDL.

Do not modify ordinary tables in the run edition while a patch edition exists.

Seed Data Table


Seed data tables contain data that is used to control runtime application functionality,
and this data is therefore subject to patching by application developers. In order to
allow online patching of seed data, all seed data tables must implement a new editioned
data storage architecture. This involves adding a new edition striping column to the
table, and filtering the correct data stripe in each edition.
Definition Standards

A seed data table must satisfy all requirements of an ordinary table.

A seed data table must implement editioned data storage.

Upgrade an ordinary table to editioned data storage upgrade by calling the


Seed Data Manager UPGRADE procedure
(AD_ZD_SEED.UPGRADE('TABLE_SYNONYM')). The upgrade API will make
the following changes automatically:

Add a new column: ZD_EDITION_NAME NOT NULL VARCHAR2(30)

Include ZD_EDITION_NAME column in all unique indexes and unique


constraints for the table.

Drop any foreign key constraints that reference the table.

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Add EV trigger to populate ZD_EDITION_NAME column.

Add EV VPD Policy to filter rows based on ZD_EDITION_NAME column.

Block modification of run edition seed data content from the patch edition.

Seed data tables in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 must be upgraded to
editioned data storage during the upgrade to Release 12.2.

Each product must create a seed data table upgrade script using the
template below. Add one call to AD_ZD_SEED.UPGRADE for each seed
data table owned by the product.
Important: Do not call the UPGRADE procedure for tables

outside of your product; products must only upgrade the


tables that they actually own.

Template Seed Data Table Upgrade Script:


REM $Header: $
REM dbdrv: sql ~PROD ~PATH ~FILE none none none sqlplus
&phase=last+95 \
REM dbdrv: checkfile:~PROD:~PATH:~FILE
REM
/*============================================================
===========+
REM |
Copyright (c) 2012 Oracle, California, USA
|
REM |
All rights reserved.
|
REM
+=============================================================
==========+
REM | Seed Data Table Upgrade for Online Patching:
REM | Converts Seed Data Tables to support Editioned Data
Storage
REM
+=============================================================
==========*/
SET VERIFY OFF
WHENEVER SQLERROR EXIT FAILURE ROLLBACK;
WHENEVER OSERROR EXIT FAILURE ROLLBACK;
exec AD_ZD_SEED.UPGRADE('<seed_data_table_name>')
...
commit;
exit;

Example Seed Data Table Upgrade Script:

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REM $Header: $
REM dbdrv: sql ~PROD ~PATH ~FILE none none none sqlplus
&phase=last+95 \
REM dbdrv: checkfile:~PROD:~PATH:~FILE
REM
/*============================================================
===========+
REM |
Copyright (c) 2012 Oracle, California, USA
|
REM |
All rights reserved.
|
REM
+=============================================================
==========+
REM | Seed Data Table Upgrade for Online Patching:
REM | Converts Seed Data Tables to support Editioned Data
Storage
REM
+=============================================================
==========*/
SET VERIFY OFF
WHENEVER SQLERROR EXIT FAILURE ROLLBACK;
WHENEVER OSERROR EXIT FAILURE ROLLBACK;
exec AD_ZD_SEED.UPGRADE('FND_NEW_MESSAGES')
exec AD_ZD_SEED.UPGRADE('FND_APPLICATION')
exec AD_ZD_SEED.UPGRADE('FND_APPLICATION_TL')
commit;
exit;

A seed data table must have a unique index.

Without a unique index, run edition updates to seed data cannot be


synchronized to the patch edition copy and will be lost.

This standard does not apply if the table is read-only to the runtime application.

Usage Standards

"INSERT ALL" (as documented in Oracle Database SQL Language Reference) is no


longer supported against seed data tables. Re-code this statement as separate insert
statements.

ROWID values for rows in seed data tables may change after an online patch. You
may use Seed Data ROWID values within a single transaction or program
execution, but it is no longer valid to store a seed data ROWID across a patching
boundary.

Avoid use of the ZD_EDITION_NAME column in application logic:

Do not select, insert or update the ZD_EDITION_NAME column, or reference

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the column value in any way.

Do not include ZD_EDITION_NAME in views, APIs, or any application logic.

Do not include ZD_EDITION_NAME in user interfaces, reports, or any other


user display.

Do not include ZD_EDITION_NAME in BC4J entity objects, view objects, or


any other automatically generated artifact. You might need to explicitly remove
the ZD_EDITION_NAME column from generated code.

Dynamic DDL Standards


Not applicable.

Seed Data Loader


Definition Standards

FNDLOAD Configuration Files (LCT files) must include a PREPARE statement for
each entity listing the seed data tables that the UPLOAD command loads into.
Syntax:
PREPARE <entity>
TABLE <seed_data_table_name1>
TABLE <seed_data_table_name2>
...

The ordering of UPLOAD / DOWNLOAD / PREPARE statements in an LCT file is


not important.
<seed_data_table_name > is the name used to refer to the seed data table from the
APPS schema (in other words, it is the name of the APPS synonym that points to
the table). If the APPS synonym name is different from the actual table name, then
use the APPS synonym name for this argument.
Note that an entity does not require a PREPARE statement if any of the following is
true:

The entity is not used at runtime.

The entity is not patched during online patching or does not support UPLOAD.

The seed data tables loaded by a child entity are prepared by the parent entity.

The PREPARE call is already handled by the upload logic.

You should only list seed data tables that will be loaded. For example, if the upload
logic initially stores data in temporary tables, the temporary tables should not be
listed in the PREPARE statement. Only seed data tables can be prepared.

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Example:
# $Header: wfmlrp.lct 120.0 2005/05/07 16:19:43 appldev ship $
COMMENT = "dbdrv: exec fnd bin FNDLOAD bin &phase=daa+52
checkfile:~PROD:~PATH:~FILE &ui_apps 0 Y UPLOAD
@FND:patch/115/import/wfmlrp.lct @~PROD:~PATH/~FILE"
DEFINE MAILERPARAMS
KEY NAME
VARCHAR2(12)
KEY PARAMETER
VARCHAR2(30)
BASE VALUE
VARCHAR2(200)
BASE REQUIRED
VARCHAR2(1)
BASE CALLBACK
VARCHAR2(60)
BASE ALLOWRELOAD VARCHAR2(1)
END MAILERPARAMS
DOWNLOAD MAILERPARAMS
"select NAME, PARAMETER, VALUE, REQUIRED, CB, ALLOW_RELOAD
from WF_MAILER_PARAMETERS
where NAME = :NAME"
###
### Do NOT call AD_ZD_SEED.PREPARE from the UPLOAD statement of an
LCT file.
### Use the LCT PREPARE statement instead (see below)
###
UPLOAD MAILERPARAMS
"begin
wf_mailer_parameter.PutParameter(:NAME, :PARAMETER,:VALUE,
:REQUIRED, :CALLBACK, :ALLOWRELOAD);
end;"
###
### New for Online Patching
###
PREPARE MAILERPARAMS
TABLE WF_MAILER_PARAMETERS

Other (non-FNDLOAD) Seed Data Loaders that will be used for online patching
must call the Seed Data Manager PREPARE procedure before loading data into a
table. Note that this requirement does NOT apply to scripts and loaders that will
only be used for the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 upgrade.
Syntax: AD_ZD_SEED.PREPARE('<table_name>');
Note: <table_name> is the name used to refer to the table from the APPS schema (in
other words, it is the name of the APPS synonym that points to the table). If the
APPS synonym name is different from the actual table name, then use the APPS
synonym name for this argument.
The AD_ZD_SEED.PREPARE procedure cannot be called from scripts using the
"dbdrv: sql ... sql" execute method. Use "dbdrv sql ... sqlplus" instead.
Bad Example: dbdrv: sql ~PROD ~PATH ~FILE none none none sql
&phase=upg+14 ...
Good Example: dbdrv: sql ~PROD ~PATH ~FILE none none none
sqlplus &phase=upg+14 ...

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-15

Execute the PREPARE call BEFORE loading data into the table. "Loading" includes
any modification of seed data content (insert, update, delete).
Example SQL script with AD_ZD_SEED.PREPARE procedure call:
REM $Header: $
REM dbdrv: sql ~PROD ~PATH ~FILE none none none sqlplus_single
&phase=upa \
REM dbdrv: checkfile(115.2=120.1):~PROD:~PATH:~FILE &un_fnd &pw_fnd
REM
/*==================================================================
=====+
REM |
Copyright (c) 2012 Oracle, Belmont, California, USA
|
REM |
All rights reserved.
|
REM
+===================================================================
====+
REM |
REM | NAME
REM |
ldrexample.sql
REM |
REM | DESCRIPTION
REM | This script adds a policy to the wf_signature_policies
REM
+===================================================================
====*/
SET VERIFY OFF;
WHENEVER SQLERROR EXIT FAILURE ROLLBACK
WHENEVER OSERROR EXIT FAILURE ROLLBACK
--- NEW FOR ONLINE PATCHING
-exec ad_zd_seed.prepare('WF_SIGNATURE_POLICIES')
insert into WF_SIGNATURE_POLICIES
(SIG_POLICY, SIG_REQUIRED, FWK_SIG_FLAVOR,
EMAIL_SIG_FLAVOR, RENDER_HINT, DEFAULT_POLICY)
select 'DEFAULT', 'N', Null, Null, Null, 'Y'
from dual
where not exists
(select 1
from WF_SIGNATURE_POLICIES
where SIG_POLICY = 'DEFAULT');
commit;
exit;

Upload logic executed during online patching must not reference materialized
views, since materialized views are non-editioned objects and will be defined
according to the run edition rather than the patch edition.

Usage Standards
No special considerations.

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Dynamic DDL Standards


Not applicable.

Index
Definition Standards

The index name must contain an underscore ('_'). (GSCC File.Gen.39)

The unique index on a seed data table must include ZD_EDITION_NAME.


Note: This rule will be implemented automatically when you call

"ad_zd_seed.upgrade" on your seed data table, but if you add a


new unique index to an existing seed data table you will need to
include the ZD_EDITION_NAME column in your index definition.

The unique index on a seed data table should have at least one not-null column
besides ZD_EDITION_NAME.
Note: If the unique index has all nullable columns, then each row in

the table must have at least one non-null column value for the
indexed columns. You must ensure that this is true as part of the
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 upgrade (select rows where all
indexed columns are null and either delete or update as needed to
meet this standard).

The index key length should be less than 3125 bytes.


The index key length is the sum of the column lengths for each column in the index,
plus one byte for each column.
If the index key length is greater than 3125 bytes, then the index cannot be revised
using online index definition, and a full table lock will be held during index
revision.

A function-based index must not reference editioned Oracle E-Business Suite


objects (built-in database functions such as "UPPER()" are acceptable).

Dynamic DDL Standards


The "CREATE INDEX ... ON ..." statement must specify the fully qualified table name,
not the APPS table synonym.

Good Example: create index SOME_TABLE_N1 on SCHEMA.SOME_TABLE


...

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-17

Bad Example: create index SOME_TABLE_N1 on SOME_TABLE ...

Integrity Constraint
Definition Standards

The constraint name must contain an underscore ('_').

Do not create a primary key constraint on a table. Create a unique index or unique
constraint instead.
An existing primary key constraint will work, but it is not possible to create a
revised primary key constraint in an online patch.

A foreign key constraint should not be created, and must not reference a seed data
table.

Dynamic DDL Standards


If you dynamically create a unique constraint against a seed data table, the constraint
must include the ZD_EDITION_NAME column.

Materialized View (MV)


A materialized view is a non-editioned object type, and therefore a materialized view
cannot directly reference editioned objects. To avoid this limitation, Oracle E-Business
Suite online patching technology implements a new effectively-editioned materialized
view compound object. Application developers create and maintain the materialized
view definition (query) in an ordinary view. The online patching technology then
automatically maintains a corresponding materialized view implementation that is legal
for editioned databases.
Definition Standards
Definition Standards:

A materialized view name must be unique within the first 29 bytes.

A materialized view definition must be stored in an ordinary view called


MV_NAME||'#'.

Create or replace the materialized view definition as an ordinary view called


mv_name||'#'.

Test the materialized view definition for accuracy before generating the
materialized view implementation.

For example:

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create or replace view FND_EXAMPLE_MV# as select ... ;


select * from fnd_example_mv#;

The materialized view implementation is automatically generated from the


materialized view definition using the AD_ZD_MVIEW.UPGRADE procedure.
Syntax is exec ad_zd_mview.upgrade(<MV_OWNER>, <MV_NAME>)
Do not attempt to directly create or replace the materialized view implementation.
To recreate an MV implementation, call the AD_ZD_MVIEW.UPGRADE
procedure.

A materialized view definition must specify a column alias for each item in the
select list.

Failure to specify a column alias may cause the error ORA-00998 "must name
this expression with a column alias".

Example: change select sum(EMP.SALARY), ... to select


sum(EMP.SALARY) SUM_EMP_SALARY, ...

A materialized view definition must not reference editioned PL/SQL functions.

If the materialized view definition references an editioned PL/SQL function,


then the materialized view implementation will fail to generate and the
materialized view will be unusable.

For examples of replacing PL/SQL function calls with equivalent SQL in


materialized views, see: Examples of SQL Replacements for PL/SQL Functions,
page 6-30.

A materialized view should use 'REFRESH FORCE' instead of 'REFRESH FAST'.


The 'FORCE' option allows the materialized view to fall back to using a complete
refresh in situations where the fast refresh is not possible.
See: Oracle Database SQL Language Reference 11g Release 2 (11.2) for more information
on the "REFRESH FORCE" option.

If the materialized view implementation content must be automatically refreshed


after patching, then you must include the '/*AUTOREFRESH*/' comment tag in the
materialized view definition query.

Do not specify the /*AUTOREFRESH*/ tag for large materialized views that will
take a long time to refresh. For these cases use a concurrent program to refresh
the materialized view after patching cutover.

Example: create or replace view FND_EXAMPLE_MV# as select


/*AUTOREFRESH*/ ... ;

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-19

Usage Standards
Do not assume that fast refresh is always possible. After an online patch, complete
refresh may be required. When refreshing a materialized view, us the 'FORCE' clause
instead of 'FAST'.
See: Oracle Database SQL Language Reference 11g Release 2 (11.2) for more information on
the 'FORCE' option.
Dynamic DDL Standards
Use AD_MV to execute dynamic DDL for materialized views. Here is an example of
creating a materialized view using the AD_MV package:
--- Code Example: Create a materialized view using AD_MV interface.
--- Note:
-when executed in the Run Edition, the MV is created immediately.
-when executed in the Patch Edition, the MV is generated at
CUTOVER.
-begin
-- Create MV
ad_mv.create_mv('FND_EXAMPLE_MV',
'create materialized view FND_EXAMPLE_MV '||
' tablespace '||ad_mv.g_mv_data_tablespace||' '||
' build deferred refresh on demand as '||
'select /*AUTOREFRESH*/ '||
'
upper(oracle_username) USERNAME '||
' ,
decode(read_only_flag,''C'',''pub'',''E'',''applsys'',''U'',''apps'')
USERTYPE '||
'from fnd_oracle_userid '||
'where read_only_flag in (''C'',''E'',''U'') ');
end;

Logical versus Physical Table Columns


In Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, the online patching architecture introduces a
new editioning view (EV) layer over developer-managed tables. The EV layer provides
a stable logical view of the table information to the application, even though the names
of the physical storage columns will change with online patching. The EV maps each
logical column name to the latest revised storage column for that attribute. The runtime
application is expected to access table data via this logical view.
Effectively-editioned tables are patched using online patching techniques that will
cause the physical storage column names to be different from the logical column names
over time. This logical-to-physical column name mapping is transparent to the
application for normal query and DML statements, but if the application queries

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database data dictionary views, then it must take care select the correct (logical or
physical) column names depending on the purpose for getting the names.

If column names are selected for the purpose of constructing query or DML
statements (select, insert, update, or delete) then you must select logical column
names.

If column names are selected for the purpose of constructing table DDL statements
(for example, to create an index), then you must select physical column names.
Normally, application runtime code should not be modifying tables that are
managed through online patching, so this should be a rare situation.

Note that the distinction between logical and physical columns only exists for table
columns where the table has an editioning view. If you are getting column information
for any object that does not have an editioning view then you do not need to make any
changes. Queries that do not need to be changed include:

Queries that run as part of the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 upgrade. During
the main upgrade phase editioning views are not yet installed, and so all existing
upgrade scripts will work correctly.

Queries for view column information.

Queries for table column information, where the table does not have an editioning
view. This category includes:

Temporary tables.

Application-managed (dynamically generated) tables. Application-managed


tables are database tables that are dynamically created and managed by
application logic during runtime. Whenever the application generates such
tables, it is expected that the application will also modify, replace or drop the
tables as needed during application runtime. It is also expected that
application-managed tables will not be directly modified by online patches.

Advanced Queue tables.

Materialized view container tables.

Index-organized tables.

Any other exception tables that do not have an editioning view.

Database Data Dictionary Views involving Columns


MIXED USE Dictionary Views

Dictionary views in this category contain information for both logical and physical table
columns, depending on how the view is queried. You must examine each reference to

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these dictionary views and determine whether you intend to select logical or physical
column information.

ALL_TAB_COLUMNS, DBA_TAB_COLUMNS, USER_TAB_COLUMNS

ALL_TAB_COLS, DBA_TAB_COLS, USER_TAB_COLS

ALL_COL_COMMENTS, DBA_COL_COMMENTS, USER_COL_COMMENTS

ALL_OBJ_COLATTRS, DBA_OBJ_COLATTRS, USER_OBJ_COLATTRS

ALL_TRIGGER_COLS, DBA_TRIGGER_COLS, USER_TRIGGER_COLS

ALL_UPDATABLE_COLUMNS, DBA_UPDATABLE_COLUMNS,
USER_UPDATABLE_COLUMNS

To select physical (table) column names, select from the dictionary view for a specific
physical table name (where table_name = x_table_name). You can use where
table_name not like '%# to search across all tables while excluding logical views.
To select logical (EV) column names, select from the dictionary view for a specific
editioning view name, where table_name = ad_zd_table.ev_view(x_table_name).
Another way to get the logical view information is to start with the APPS synonym and
join the synonym table_name to the dictionary view to get the correct logical view
information. The APPS synonym will point to the EV if one exists, or directly the
physical table if there is no EV. This will provide correct logical column results in either
case.
/*
** This query returns logical columns for the table pointed to by APPS
** table synonym X_SYNONYM_NAME. Compatible with old releases.
*/
select col.column_name
from user_synonyms syn, all_tab_columns col
where syn.synonym_name = x_synonym_name
and col.owner
= syn.table_owner
and col.table_name = syn.table_name
order by col.column_id
/

If you do not know whether you are querying a table or a view, you can union the
results from the two possible queries:

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/*
** This query returns logical columns for X_OBJECT_NAME, and works
whether
** the object is an APPS table synonym or view. Compatible with old
releases.
*/
select col.column_name, col.data_type
from user_synonyms syn, all_tab_columns col
where syn.synonym_name = x_object_name
and col.owner
= syn.table_owner
and col.table_name = syn.table_name
union
select col.column_name, col.data_type
from user_tab_columns col
where col.table_name = x_object_name
/

If the application logic must use a physical table name as the input rather than the APPS
object name, and you are sure that the table has an editioning view, then you can just
convert the table name to the editioning view name with a utility function:
*
** This query returns logical columns for effectively editioned table
** X_OWNER.X_TABLE_NAME. Use this only if you cannot start from
** the APPS synonym name and are sure that the table has an EV.
** This query works on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 only.
*/
select col.column_name
from all_tab_columns col
where col.owner
= x_owner
and col.table_name = ad_zd_table.ev_view(x_table_name)
order by col.column_id
/

In the most general (worst) case, your application code may not be able to guarantee
that the input table name has an EV. In this case you can outer-join to the EV
information to provide logical column names if they exist, or physical columns if they
do not:

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/*
** This query returns the logical columns for table
X_OWNER.X_TABLE_NAME.
** If the table has an editioning view, then the editioning view columns
are
** returned, otherwise the physical table columns are returned.
** ONLY use this query if you must query by physical table name rather
** than APPS synonym name and the table might not have an EV.
** This query works on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 only.
*/
select
col.owner
, col.table_name
, decode(ev.view_name, NULL, col.column_name, evc.view_column_name)
logical_column_name
, col.column_name physical_column_name
from
all_tab_columns col
, all_editioning_views ev
, all_editioning_view_cols evc
where col.owner
=
x_owner
and col.table_name
= x_table_name
and ev.owner(+)
= col.owner
and ev.table_name(+) = col.table_name
and evc.owner(+)
= ev.owner
and evc.view_name(+) = ev.view_name
and (ev.view_name is null or evc.table_column_name = col.column_name)
order by col.owner, col.table_name, evc.view_column_id
/

Logical (EV) Column Information Only


Dictionary views in this category only provide information about logical columns. You
will only need to join to these views if you are trying to map physical column names to
logical column names yourself.

ALL_EDITIONING_VIEW_COLS, DBA_EDITIONING_VIEW_COLS,
USER_EDITIONING_VIEW_COLS

ALL_EDITIONING_VIEW_COLS_AE, DBA_EDITIONING_VIEW_COLS_AE,
USER_EDITIONING_VIEW_COLS_AE

Physical (Table) Column Information Only


The following dictionary views provide information about physical table columns. Any
use of these views is likely for the purpose of managing the actual physical tables, and it
is not expected that such references need to be converted to use logical column names.
But it is worth checking.

ALL_AUDIT_POLICY_COLUMNS, DBA_AUDIT_POLICY_COLUMNS,
USER_AUDIT_POLICY_COLUMNS

ALL_CONS_COLUMNS, DBA_CONS_COLUMNS, USER_CONS_COLUMNS

ALL_IND_COLUMNS, DBA_IND_COLUMNS, USER_IND_COLUMNS

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ALL_IND_EXPRESSIONS, DBA_IND_EXPRESSIONS, USER_IND_EXPRESSIONS

ALL_LOBS, DBA_LOBS, USER_LOBS

ALL_LOB_PARTITIONS, DBA_LOB_PARTITIONS, USER_LOB_PARTITIONS

ALL_LOB_SUBPARTITIONS, DBA_LOB_SUBPARTITIONS,
USER_LOB_SUBPARTITIONS

ALL_PART_KEY_COLUMNS, DBA_PART_KEY_COLUMNS,
USER_PART_KEY_COLUMNS

ALL_PART_LOBS, DBA_PART_LOBS, USER_PART_LOBS

ALL_STREAMS_COLUMNS, DBA_STREAMS_COLUMNS,
USER_STREAMS_COLUMNS

ALL_SUBPART_KEY_COLUMNS, DBA_SUBPART_KEY_COLUMNS,
USER_SUBPART_KEY_COLUMNS

ALL_UNUSED_COL_TABS, DBA_UNUSED_COL_TABS,
USER_UNUSED_COL_TABS

ALL_XML_TAB_COLS, DBA_XML_TAB_COLS, USER_XML_TAB_COLS

Non-Editioned Objects
Non-editioned objects have the same definition shared across application editions. Such
objects must be patched carefully to avoid affecting the running application.

Sequence
Definition Standards
No special considerations.
Usage Standards
No special considerations.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

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User-Defined Type (UDT) (Non-Editioned)


Definition Standards

The type owner must be the "non-editioned APPS" user: APPS_NE

Create an APPS synonym that points to the APPS_NE type.


Note: Existing User-Defined Types that are referenced by table columns

or AQs will be automatically upgraded to conform to Non-Editioned


UDT standards during the Release 12.2 upgrade.

Usage Standards

Non-editioned objects (Columns or Advanced Queue payload definitions) must


reference a non-editioned UDT using its fully-qualified name:
APPS_NE.<type_name>

Editioned objects should reference a non-editioned UDT using its APPS synonym.

Dynamic DDL Standards


Not applicable.

Temporary Table
Definition Standards
No special considerations.
Note: Unlike ordinary tables, temporary tables do not have editioning

views.

Usage Standards
No special considerations.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

Advanced Queue (AQ)


Definition Standards
AQ Payload type must be a non-editioned UDT owned by APPS_NE and referenced by

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its fully qualified name; for example: APPS_NE.<type_name>.


Note: Existing AQ Payload types that reference editioned User-Defined

Types will be automatically upgraded to reference the corresponding


Non-Editioned User-Defined Type during the Release 12.2 upgrade.

Usage Standards
No special considerations.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

Application Context
Definition Standards
No special considerations.
Usage Standards
No special considerations.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

XML Schema
Definition Standards

The XMLSCHEMA owner must be the "non-editioned APPS" user: APPS_NE.


Existing XMLSCHEMA types will be automatically upgraded to comply with this
standard during the Release 12.2 upgrade.

Reference the XMLSCHEMA using its fully qualified name:


APPS_NE.<xmlschema_name>.

Usage Standards
No special considerations.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

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Database Link
Definition Standards
Not applicable.
Usage Standards
Accessing objects over a database link always uses the run edition of the target
database, even if the access originates from the patch edition.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

Partition
Definition Standards
No special considerations.
Usage Standards
No special considerations.
Dynamic DDL Standards
No special considerations.

External Data File


An external data file is user or business data stored on the file system rather than in the
database. Examples of external data files include concurrent report output, log files,
data import/export files, and file-based system integration. External data files are either
human readable or have a structure that is mostly independent of the application code
level. These files are not directly patched by Oracle E-Business Suite and (like other
types of business data) they should not be editioned.
In Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, the APPL_TOP file system is now editioned,
and is no longer suitable for storing external data files. The online patching architecture
therefore introduces a new non-editioned file system for the purpose of holding
external data files and any other non-editioned files.
Definition Standards
Configure your application to store or access external data files in the non-editioned file
system: APPL_TOP_NE.

Non-editioned file types include:

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Report, output, and log files

Import and export files

File-based system integration

Any other data files that are dynamically generated or consumed by the
runtime application

APPL_TOP_NE has the same structure as a classic APPL_TOP:

$APPL_TOP_NE/<product_short_name>/<directory_name_used_bef
ore>/

Subdirectories are sparsely populated (only created as needed).

Usage Standards
Reference the non-editioned APPL_TOP using the 'APPL_TOP_NE' environment
variable.
For example, $APPL_TOP_NE/fnd/import

Example of Disabling Functionality During Online Patching


Here is a code example for disabling functionality while online patching.
--- Test if online patching is in progress, if so, block execution
-if ad_zd.get_edition('PATCH') is not null then
-- an online patch is in progress, return error
fnd_message.set_name('FND', 'AD_ZD_DISABLED_FEATURE');
raise_application_error ('-20000', fnd_message.get);
end if;

Blocking a Concurrent Program while Online Patching


To block a concurrent program from executing while Online Patching is in progress,
you must define an incompatibility rule for the concurrent program, as follows:
1.

Use the Concurrent Program window or page to edit your concurrent program
definition.

2.

Select the Incompatibilities button to open the Incompatible Programs window.

3.

Add a new global incompatibility rule for your program with the following
program:

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-29

Application Name: Applications DBA

Program Name: Online Patching In Progress (internal name: ADZDPATCH)


concurrent program

Examples of SQL Replacements for PL/SQL Functions


To "edition-enable" the APPS schema, non-editionable objects must not depend on
editionable objects. To meet this requirement, the database object development
standards specify that materialized views (which are non-editionable) must not call
PL/SQL functions (which are editionable).
The examples below demonstrate how to replace frequently-used Oracle Applications
Technology PL/SQL function calls with an equivalent SQL in materialized views. You
may continue to call built-in PL/SQL functions such as "upper()".

Replacing fnd_profile.value() with an SQL sub-select


Before:
fnd_profile.value('MSC_HUB_REGION_INSTANCE')

After:
(select profile_option_value from fnd_profile_option_values
where level_id = 10001 and (profile_option_id, application_id) =
(select profile_option_id, application_id from fnd_profile_options
where profile_option_name = 'MSC_HUB_REGION_INSTANCE'))

Notes:

This replacement is valid only in a materialized view. For other uses of


fnd_profile.value(), continue using the normal PL/SQL call.

The general case for fetching profile option values is very complex, that is why
there is a PL/SQL package dedicated to doing it. But materialized views results
have to be valid in any context, so profile options referenced in materialized views
should only have site level values, and the replacement SQL only needs to support
fetching the site level value.

This replacement SQL will only use the profile option value set at site level.

Replacing fnd_message.get_string() with an SQL sub-select


Before:
fnd_message.get_string('MSC','MSC_HUB_UNASSIGNED')

After:

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(select substrb(REPLACE(message_text, '&&', '&'),1,2000)


from fnd_new_messages m, fnd_application a
where m.message_name = 'MSC_HUB_UNASSIGNED'
and m.language_code = 'US'
and a.application_short_name = 'MSC'
and m.application_id = a.application_id)

Notes:

This replacement is valid only in a materialized view. For other uses of


fnd_message.get_string(), continue using the normal PL/SQL call.

This replacement SQL will only retrieve the US language message text and is not
sensitive to any session language settings.

Materialized view queries cannot contain a sub-SELECT within the main SELECT
clause; therefore, the replacement SQL needs to be more sophisticated if the
function call was used in the MV SELECT clause.
Before:
select fnd_message.get_string('FND', 'CANCEL')
from dual
where 1=1
/

After:
select fmgs.result
from dual
, (select substrb(REPLACE(message_text, '&&', '&'),1,2000) result
from fnd_new_messages m, fnd_application a
where m.message_name = 'CANCEL'
and m.language_code = 'US'
and a.application_short_name = 'FND'
and m.application_id = a.application_id) fmgs
where 1=1
/

Replacing fnd_global.lookup_security_group() with an SQL sub-select


Before:
fnd_global.lookup_security_group('INTEREST_STATUS', 279)

After:
(select nvl(max(lt.security_group_id), 0)
from fnd_lookup_types lt
where lt.view_application_id = 279
and lt.lookup_type = 'INTEREST_STATUS'
and lt.security_group_id in (
0,
to_number(decode(substrb(userenv('CLIENT_INFO'),55,1),
' ', '0',
null, '0',
substrb(userenv('CLIENT_INFO'),55,10)))))

Note: This replacement is valid only in a materialized view. For other uses of

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fnd_global.security_group(), continue using the normal PL/SQL call.

LONG to CLOB Conversion Procedures


As stated earlier, table column cannot be of type LONG or LONG RAW in Oracle
E-Business Suite Release 12.2. With Online Patching, LONG and LONG RAW columns
cannot be referenced in a database trigger. This restriction means that: LONG and
LONG RAW columns cannot be patched via an online patch as the feature uses
crossedition triggers to upgrade data. Changes to seed data in the RUN edition cannot
be propagated to the PATCH edition because crossedition triggers are used to
synchronize the changes.
This section describes some of the conversion procedures to change usages of LONG to
CLOB.

Oracle Forms
For each table column that has been changed from LONG to CLOB, any form block item
that has references to the column will need to have its Oracle Forms data type changed
from 'Char' to 'Long'. Remember that CLOB is the database column type and 'Long' is
the Forms item data type. To change the form's data type, open your form in the Forms
Builder and open the property sheet (Property Palette) for the item that references the
CLOB.
Scan your form and form library code for any references to the modified form item.
Since the form item is now a Forms Long data type, functions like LENGTH(),
LENGTHB(), SUBSTR() may behave differently. Thoroughly test your form to exercise
the logic referencing the Forms Long data type.

Pro*C / C
If you are binding a LONG or LONG RAW that is being changed to a CLOB, then you
should change the bind from SQLT_LNG to SQLT_CLOB. Otherwise, an unknown
datatype error will be thrown.
If you are using UPI code, ensure that you have applied the RDBMS patch 13259364.

PL/SQL
Check all packages to ensure that all affected variables are changed from LONG to
CLOB.
Examples (with updated variables):
PROCEDURE insert_flex_validation_events( flex_value_set_id IN NUMBER,
event_code IN varchar2, user_exit IN CLOB)
document_long_text CLOB;
document_long_text fnd_documents_long_text.long_text%type;

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Java
In JDBC 2.0 and 3.01, you should fetch the data from a CLOB column using
ResultSet.getClob() to obtain a reference to the column, and then obtain a
character input stream object to read the contents of the CLOB field in a parallel fashion.
Because Oracle Database 11g Release 2 JDBC drivers fully implement getString() for
CLOBs, no program conversion should be necessary.

Oracle Application Framework


BC4J and UIX data binding is very sensitive to data types. As such, the recommendation
is to perform the following steps for queries that are affected by the data type change.

Model

Entity Objects (EO) - The datatype of the attributes should be changed.

Attribute type - Should be changed to CLOBDOMAIN.

Database column field for the attribute - The type should be changed to
CLOB.

Read-only View Objects (VO) (not associated to an EO): The datatype of the
attributes should be changed.

Attribute type - Should be changed to CLOBDOMAIN.

Database column field for the attribute - The type should be changed to
CLOB.

VOImpl.java, EOImpl.java, AMImpl.java - Changes should be made to custom


methods (that are not part of the standard definition of the superclass object).
This convention is in case attributes are manipulated and the real datatype
(CLOBDOMAIN) needs to be used.

After your modifications, perform suitable tests using the BC4J tester object.

View

Attribute type of the item (messageTextInput) was changed from VARCHAR2


(compatible with LONG) to CLOB.

Controllers were modified to replace references to datatypes when there is


string manipulation.

Export button - If there is any manipulation of standard data handling with the
export bean, it should be modified to reference the correct data types.

Development Standards for Online Patching 6-33

Refer to the Oracle Application Framework documentation for more information on


Oracle Application Framework development.

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Index
A

adop
online patching tool, 4-12
online patching utility, 4-1
ADZDPAUT.sql, 5-5
ADZDPMAN.sql, 5-5
ADZDPSUM.sql, 5-5

fs_ne
See non-editioned file system

C
cover layer
in online patching of data, 4-7
CPU
requirements, 2-1
crossedition trigger
in online patching, 4-6

D
Database
memory requirements, 2-2
dual file system
definition, 4-10

E
edition
in online patching, 4-6
Edition-Based Redefinition, 4-6
editioned data storage
in online patching, 4-9
editioning view
definition, 4-6

G
Global Standards Compliance Checker (GSCC),
5-6

L
log files
disk space, 2-3
purging, 2-4
logical view
of data model, 4-6

M
Memory requirement for Oracle E-Business
Suite, 2-2

N
non-editioned file system
used in online patching, 4-10

O
old edition
in online patching, 4-6
online patching, 4-1
Online patching, 4-1
Online Patching
introduction, 1-1

Index-1

online patching cycle


introduction, 4-2
other files
disk space, 2-4
output files
disk space, 2-3
purging, 2-4

P
patch edition
in online patching, 4-6
patches
disk space, 2-4
patch file system, 4-10
phases
of online patching, 4-2

R
run edition
in online patching, 4-6
run file system, 4-10

S
seed data
in online patching, 4-9
sizing
suggestions, 2-1

T
temporary directories
disk space, 2-4
temporary files
disk space, 2-4
temporary space
required for installation, 2-4

Index-2