Fun with whether or not Patch 17529887 successfully applied
tested with file V44215-01
The README for Patch 17529887: (Release 126.96.36.199.500 Patch Set Update (PSU): 17529887) indicates you can apply to 188.8.131.52.0 and that there are no prerequisites beyond the usual Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package.
This is not exactly the case, as various Windows OS prerequisites impact whether the patch is applied successfully.
As others have noted, the ADF patches often do not truly apply. I have applied the superpatch on nearly a dozen systems without having any issues so was surprised to finally see the ADF patch deployment failure today.
A new interesting quirk came up as well, when installing the patch with local accounts on a multi-node system. The Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host will fail to process vbscripts like:
D:\software\17529887\custom\scripts\create_version_history.vbs(32, 1) Microsoft VBScript runtime error: Path not found
The intrepid Windows administrators had not set up Windows with cohesive Region and Language settings.
Rollback the patch
D:\Oracle\Middleware\EPMSystem11R1\OPatch\opatch rollback -id 17529887 -oh D:\Oracle\Middleware\EPMSystem11R1 -jre D:\Oracle\Middleware\jrockit_160_37
Check that Region and Language settings match the System Locale. This was corrected by changing the Region and Language setting from “English (United Kingdom)” to “English (United States)“.
Reapply the patch.
Verify after restart that the expected versions are picked up and showing in Workspace > About.
None at this time