HERE IS A SCREEN SHOT OF THE TOTAL PICTURE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WHEN I TRY TO INSTALL THE PATCH:
opatch apply error message
The Oracle Home /oracle/app/product/9.2.0 is not registered with the Central Inventory. OPatch was not able to get details of the home from the inventory.
Oracle Interim Patch Installer version 188.8.131.52.55
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We recommend you refer to the OPatch documentation under
OPatch/docs for usage reference. We also recommend using
the latest OPatch version. For the latest OPatch version
and other support related issues, please refer to document
293369.1 which is viewable from metalink.oracle.com
Oracle Home = /oracle/app/product/9.2.0
Location of Oracle Universal Installer components = /oracle/app/product/9.2.0/oui
Location of OraInstaller.jar = "/oracle/app/product/9.2.0/oui/jlib"
Oracle Universal Installer shared library = /oracle/app/product/9.2.0/oui/lib/hpunix/liboraInstaller.sl
Location of Oracle Inventory Pointer = /var/opt/oracle/oraInst.loc
Location of Oracle Inventory = /oracle/app/product/9.2.0/inventory
Path to Java = /oracle/app/product/9.2.0/jre/1.4.2/bin/java
Log file = /oracle/app/product/9.2.0/.patch_storage//*.log