Ever since Metalink was decommissioned, Oracle also decommissioned the ftp site updates.oracle.com. Since then many DBAs have asked me how to download patches directly on the server.
Oracle has mentioned in Article ID 468460.1:
It is possible to download Oracle software directly to the local machine.
----->It is possible only by using a web browser (like Firefox or Internet Explorer).
----->It is not possible to use FTP, because Oracle does not provide software via FTP.
----->It is not possible to use wget, because downloading software requires a browser that accepts cookies.
In summary, downloading Oracle software directly to the local machine is possible only through a web browser.
I had devised a way to use wget which used to work fine with old metalink but doesn’t work properly with the new My Oracle Support.
You can use Firefox or Opera installed on your Unix server to download patches. Here are the steps to use Opera to download patches.
Set DISPLAY to your vnc port
Click on Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Network > Proxy Servers button
Enter the values for your proxy server.
I have found that Opera is unable to launch flash on Solaris 10, even after installing flash player on unix. So here's how you do it without flash:
Go to site: http://supporthtml.oracle.com
Login with your “My Oracle Support” username and password.
Once you login, type this in the address bar:
Replace email@example.com with your email/My Oracle Support userid
You’ll get the patch search page from where you can search and download patches.
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