The end is near! (for FTP download of Oracle patches)

If you haven't had to download a patch from My Oracle Support lately...lucky you, to have such a smoothly-functioning system! ;-) If you have, however, you may have seen the following notice on the patch download page. Oracle was kind enough to highlight the information in red, which is good, because I usually just ignore the boilerplate:


I'm not the first to ponder the demise of FTP downloads from Oracle's patch server, but this is the first time I've seen a date (18-SEP-2009) attached to the event. The timing appears to coincide with the imminent retirement of Classic Metalink (which is being met with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but that's not what this post is about).

Losing FTP access to would be a lot more painful if Oracle weren't continuing to allow access via wget. It's pretty clear that Oracle understands that some admins prefer to download patches directly to their servers, and won't force users to access patches solely via a graphical browser. Whatever other concerns I might have about the My Oracle Support transition, this is a piece that's being done right, and I'm grateful.

If you're interested in a solution for using wget to retrieve Oracle patches, I know a guy who wrote a blog post about that very topic a while back...

One Comment

  1. dave.chan
    Posted 29 June 2011 at 1:09 | Permalink

    for download oracle patches

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