NOTE: This post originally appeared on the Pythian blog.
The past four days have found me very frustrated and at wits' end while testing upgrades of standalone Oracle Grid Infrastructure (ASM) 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52 on RHEL/OEL 5 VMs. The upgrade would seem to go fine, but after rebooting, I would see ASM and LISTENER running under the old (184.108.40.206) grid home directories again.
Looking at /etc/oratab, I saw this:
$ grep -i asm /etc/oratab
+ASM:/u01/app/grid/product/11.2.0/grid_1:N # line added by Agent
grid_1 is the old grid home, I expect to see grid_2. The comment about being added by Agent led me to a path where I eventually took a look at /etc/init.d/ohasd, which is basically the master script that starts everything up. I noticed that this file hadn't been updated as part of the patching, and contained this:
$ grep -i crs_home /etc/init.d/ohasd