When attempting to patch an installation of SAP BusinessObjects 4.2 it simply fails early in the process and you get the following lines at the end of the install log:
Error: An install is already running at this location.
Exiting Unix main function
You might also see this line:
Error: Detected another engine running using the same root folder. Aborting
SAP BusinessObjects 4.2
KBA , BI-BIP-DEP , Webapp Deployment, Networking, Vulnerabilities, Webservices , Problem
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