Logs Exploding: ORA-00904: “UTL_RAW”.”CAST_FROM_NUMBER”: invalid identifier

Hello all!
Last week I suddenly had several database connections being denied due “ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file”. This just a few hours a maintenance in this Database.

When investigating, realized there was TO MUCH traces like “$DBNAME_q00%.trc using several GBs.
As you know, those traces are from QMON (Queue Monitor) Background Process, usually related to Oracle Streams Advanced Queueing.
Oh! Also noticed that database was started with srvctl, as per usually recommended.

After some research I found MOS Note: ORA-00904 Reported by QMON When Starting Database With SRVCTL (Doc ID 1950142.1).
This situation seems to be a match to bug Bug 18680601/19995869. Regarding Doc:
– As solution, Oracle recommends apply merge of patches 19995869 and patch 18628216.
– As immediate action, the workaround is shutdown database and start with sqlplus instead of srvctl.

Check below one of my trace files to match to your situation.

Hope it helps.


Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, Real Application Clusters, Automatic Storage Management, OLAP,
Data Mining and Real Application Testing options
ORACLE_HOME = /app/oracle/product/
System name:    Linux
Node name:      racgrepora1
Release:        2.6.32-642.15.1.el6.x86_64
Version:        #1 SMP Mon Feb 20 02:26:38 EST 2017
Machine:        x86_64
Instance name: GREPORADB
Redo thread mounted by this instance: 1
Oracle process number: 77
Unix process pid: 36422, image: oracle@racgrepora1 (Q001)

*** 2017-08-01 05:05:51.352
*** SESSION ID:(646.64779) 2017-08-01 05:05:51.352
*** CLIENT ID:() 2017-08-01 05:05:51.352
*** SERVICE NAME:(SYS$BACKGROUND) 2017-08-01 05:05:51.352
*** MODULE NAME:(Streams) 2017-08-01 05:05:51.352
*** ACTION NAME:(QMON Slave) 2017-08-01 05:05:51.352

KSV 12801 error in slave process

*** 2017-08-01 05:05:51.352
ORA-12801: error signaled in parallel query server PZ99, instance racwt22:JTS012 (2)
ORA-00904: "UTL_RAW"."CAST_FROM_NUMBER": invalid identifier
OPIRIP: Uncaught error 447. Error stack:
ORA-00447: fatal error in background process
ORA-12801: error signaled in parallel query server PZ99, instance racwt22:JTS012 (2)
ORA-00904: "UTL_RAW"."CAST_FROM_NUMBER": invalid identifier

ORA-00600: [qkswcWithQbcRefdByMain4]

Hello all,
This days I found this in a client’s 12c Database when trying to create a Materialized View:

ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [qkswcWithQbcRefdByMain4]

A perfect match to MOS ORA-00600 [qkswcWithQbcRefdByMain4] when Create MV “WITH” clause (Doc ID 2232872.1).

The root cause is documented on BUG 22867413 – ORA-600 CALLING DBMS_ADVISOR.TUNE_MVIEW.
The given solution is to apply Patch 22867413.

After applying patch, issue solved. 🙂

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Hello all,
Asking why to use this parameter? Why this is set in your environment? Or even how it can hep you? Here we go:

As per Oracle documentation, this parameter is used to avoid unused sessions to be kept open in database and locking resources.
It describe in minutes how much time a client/probe can be inactive before be ended.

I recently found an environment where this parameter was too low (1 minute), potentially causing some overhead in communication only for validations. By documentation, if it’s decided to enable it, Oracle recommends value “10”.
This way, after checking and no one be aware about this parameter reason to be there, I just suppressed him from SQLNET.ORA (going back to default “0”, which is equivalent to “disabled”), so we could even reduce the network workload.
However, now we are aware that in case we have abnormal closure of clients, we can have some unused connections opened consuming resources… Not a problem at this point… 🙂

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CRS Not Starting after Removing OS User: How to Workaround and How to Solve!

Hello all!
Turns that a few days ago a client reached me because his CRSD was simply not starting. Like this:

[root@proddb proddb]$ ./crsctl start res ora.crsd -init
CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.crsd' on 'proddb'
CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.crsd' on 'proddb' succeeded

[root@proddb proddb]$ ps -ef |grep crsd
root 19217 13424 0 11:53 pts/0 00:00:00 grep crsd

After some investigation, I found the following:

2017-01-24 14:00:06.859: [ CRSSEC][1690195712]{1:51052:2} Exception: OwnerEntry construction failed to retrieve user id by name with ACL string: owner:jacknobody:rwx and error: 1
2017-01-24 14:00:06.912: [ CRSSEC][1690195712]{1:51052:2} Exception: ACL entry creation failed for: owner:jacknobody:rwx

Hmmm, seems some CRS resources are owned by “Jack Nobody”… Turns that I this us was removed from OS:

[root@proddb proddb]$ cat /etc/passwd |grep jacknobody
[root@proddb proddb]$ 

What to do now?

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ORA-07445: exception encountered: core dump [nstimexp()+45] [SIGSEGV] [ADDR:0x58] [PC:0x7F42ABB] [Address not mapped to object] []

Hello all,
I had faced some occourrences of this error in a database recently.

ORA-07445: exception encountered: core dump [nstimexp()+45] [SIGSEGV] [ADDR:0x58] [PC:0x7F42ABB] [Address not mapped to object] []

After some investigation I found a match to Bug 3934729.
This issue is originally to matched to Bug 6918493, that is a reintroduction of Bug 2752985 but it’s fixed in
However, on upgrading to it’s a hit on Bug 3934729 which is fixed in

Recommended actions are:
– Upgrade databases do or higher. (best solution, but may require more efforts to validate the upgrade).
– Set sqlnet.expire_time=0 (workaround)
– Ignore error.

After some research I decided to apply workaround, based on recommended usage of sqlnet.expire_time (Next weeks post is about this parameter :)).
This might be the root cause for the ORA-03135: connection lost contact and the actual value of this parameter on environment was 1, which is a very low value.

So, check which action is more suitable for your environment!
Hope it helps 🙂

Below some additional informations on my situation:

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ORA-24093: AQ agent SCHED$_% not granted privileges of database user %

These days, when trying to add dbms_scheduler notifications for different user I was getting this strange error:

 DBMS_SCHEDULER.add_job_email_notification (
  job_name   =>  'APPOWNER.MYJOB',
  recipients =>  'me@company.com',
  events     =>  'job_started, job_succeeded'

ORA-24093: AQ agent SCHED$_XXX not granted privileges of database user APPUSER
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_ISCHED", line 8296
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_SCHEDULER", line 4353
ORA-06512: at line 3

The issue is that “secure queue access must be granted to an Oracle Database Advanced Queuing (AQ) agent explicitly for both enqueue and dequeue operations. You grant the agent these privileges using the ENABLE_DB_ACCESS procedure in the DBMS_AQADM package” (http://docs.oracle.com/database/121/STRMS/strms_trprop.htm#STRMS1046)

So, problem solved with this:

    agent_name  => 'SCHED$_XXX',
    db_username => 'APPUSER');

See you next week!