You may have noticed that my blog postings have been pretty sparse lately. I get that way when I have to work on Oracle Applications. Whenever I am doing an Apps project I end up having to read about 2000 pages of documentation that point to another 100 documents on Metalink. Not much to blog about there.
By the time I am done reading, the whole process is so utterly complex that I end up putting my own process together and pulling the parts relavent to my installation into a single document.
So I've been working on my master document for about two weeks now and I'm finally ready to install a fresh version of R12 on my pre-test box. Now, I fully expect something to crash and burn in this environment and I'll have to wipe it out and start over in a couple days.
I fired up the installer and right away it encountered a java exception; "java.lang.NullPointerException".
Hmm, maybe I have the CD's staged in the wrong location. So I take another two hours and restage the CDs.
So I check my DISPLAY and make sure I can start xclock. No problem.
Then I look on Metalink and sure enough, I ran into a bug. The install software that shipped has a bug in it. Good old bug 5972626.
Did anyone even test this stuff before it went on CD? It's bad enough that my standard 10gR2 install has 23 patches applied, but a bug so it doesn't even install?
Why am I surprised?