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    ORA-00257: archiver error

    • Article Type: General
    • Product: Aleph
    • Product Version: 20, 21, 22,23

    You get this message doing util f 4, SQL commands, or any kind of access of any Oracle table:.
    Oracle error: handle_connection.
    ORA-00257: archiver error. Connect internal only, until freed. Why?

    This message occurs when the space in the filesystem the Oracle archive log files (./oradata/alephnn/arch) reside on is (as seen in "df -h") at 100%. This causes the database to be "on hold" until it can write to the archive directory. 

    Deleting files from this filesystem (to increase the %Available), moving files to a different filesystem, or adding disk space to the filesystem will correct the problem.  


    Note:  the archive log files themselves should *not* be deleted -- especially if they are managed by RMAN, which is very particular about the removal of such files.   RMAN *will* automatically remove the files, as appropriate, such as when a cold backup occurs.


    • Article last edited: 10/8/2013