4. Software Management: Patches

This chapter describes patches, provides best practices, and includes step-by-step procedures for applying patches.

4.1 Managing Software with Patches

Software management involves installing or removing software products. Sun and its third-party independent software vendors (ISVs) deliver software as a collection of one or more packages. Patches are generally delivered as a set of sparse packages. Sparse packages are a minimalist version of a regular package. A sparse package delivers only the files being updated.

The following sections describe patches and provide step-by-step procedures for applying patches. Also, a best practices section provides planning information for proactive and reactive patching.

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