Why does the upgrade of PDB$SEED always take longer?

Upgrading the PDB$SEED takes always longer than any other container.
What is the reason for an upgrade of the PDB$SEED taking so much longer in a real world environment?

How does an upgrade with Oracle Multitenant work?

Upgrading the PDB$SEED takes always longerI have written several blog posts in the past about the different techniques to upgrade an Oracle Multitenant environment:

  1. Upgrade Everything At Once
  2. Upgrade via Unplug/Plug/Upgrade

The interesting case happens in the “Everything At Once“. The PDB$SEED takes significantly longer to upgrade than any other container.

Upgrading the PDB$SEED takes always longer?

Quick recap: The PDB$SEED is the (I call it) blueprint

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Upgrade downtime credited to APEX

What do you think when you see this post-upgrade result?

Oracle Database 12.1 Post-Upgrade Status Tool           08-07-2015 15:08:26

Component                               Current         Version  Elapsed Time
Name                                    Status          Number   HH:MM:SS

Oracle Server                          UPGRADED  00:19:26
JServer JAVA Virtual Machine              VALID  00:10:52
Oracle Workspace Manager                  VALID  00:01:52
OLAP Analytic Workspace                   VALID  00:00:34
OLAP Catalog                         OPTION OFF  00:00:00
Oracle OLAP API                           VALID  00:00:42
Oracle XDK                                VALID  00:01:07
Oracle Text                               VALID  00:01:36
Oracle XML Database                       VALID  00:03:55
Oracle Database Java Packages             VALID  00:00:22
Oracle Multimedia                         VALID  00:03:57
Spatial                                UPGRADED  00:08:56
Oracle Application Express                VALID     
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