I just set up a patch catalog for RHEL 5 and updated it without any problems. I then created a patch analysis job using that catalog and ran it against two servers. The two servers are running RHEL 5.3 and RHEL 5.5 with absolutely no updates (they are freshly built). When running the patch analysis job against the servers, it only runs for a couple seconds, then ends with a successful result. However, drilling down, I see that the two servers failed analysis, and when opening up the server results, all it shows is "Exit Code: Error" and "Status: Completed with Errors", but there is nothing listed in the Run Details that would indicate the error that occurred. Being that these are newly built servers without any updates, the patch analysis should have shown several patches that needed to be applied. I also reviewed the job log on the BL application server, and saw the following java exception:
06 May 2011 13:24:10,301] [Job-Execution-4] [INFO] [myUser:BLAdmins:] [Patching] Starting Patch Analysis job execution
[06 May 2011 13:24:10,465] [Job-Execution-3] [INFO] [myUser:BLAdmins:] [PatchAnalysis] Started running the job 'analysis-2001700-RHEL5_Security_Patch_Analysis_Job2011-05-05 09-46-26-612-0500' with priority 'NORMAL' on application server 'myBLAppServer_j01'(2,000,200)
[06 May 2011 13:24:12,292] [Job-Execution-3] [INFO] [myUser:BLAdmins:] [PatchAnalysis] The job 'analysis-2001700-RHEL5_Security_Patch_Analysis_Job2011-05-05 09-46-26-612-0500' has succeeded
[06 May 2011 13:24:12,299] [Job-Execution-3] [ERROR] [myUser:BLAdmins:] [PatchAnalysis]
[06 May 2011 13:24:12,306] [Job-Execution-4] [INFO] [myUser:BLAdmins:] [Patching] Analysis phase completed successfully.
[06 May 2011 13:24:12,331] [Job-Execution-4] [WARN] [myUser:BLAdmins:] [Patching] No missing patches found or no data available for all servers - remediation step will be skipped
[06 May 2011 13:24:12,352] [Job-Execution-4] [INFO] [myUser:BLAdmins:] [Patching] The job 'RHEL5_Security_Patch_Analysis_Job' has succeeded
I'm not sure if that messages identifies the problem, but it seemed significant.
I appreciatie any insight to what may be happening or what fix there may be. Thanks!