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by Michael New, MichaelNew@earthlink.net, Gradation LLC


After starting your Oracle database, you are confronted with the following warning:


SQL> startup ORA-32004: obsolete and/or deprecated parameter(s) specified ORACLE instance started. Total System Global Area 285212672 bytes Fixed Size 1260420 bytes Variable Size 180356220 bytes Database Buffers 100663296 bytes Redo Buffers 2932736 bytes Database mounted. Database opened.

After a bit of research, you determine that someone inadvertently set an Oracle initialization parameter that is marked as obsolete and/or deprecated. For the purpose of this example, let's assume that someone set "log_archive_start=true" in your Oracle10g database.

You now want to correct this action and remove the setting. No problem. If you are using a text-based initialization parameter file (init<ORACLE_SID>.ora), simply remove the entry from the text file and restart the database. Problem solved.

However, what if you are using an Oracle SPFILE? You think about this for a few seconds and decide to set the value of log_archive_start back to its default setting of FALSE in an effort to clear the setting. To your surprise, the warning still exists:


SQL> alter system set log_archive_start=false scope=spfile; System altered. SQL> shutdown immediate Database closed. Database dismounted. ORACLE instance shut down. SQL> startup ORA-32004: obsolete and/or deprecated parameter(s) specified ORACLE instance started. Total System Global Area 285212672 bytes Fixed Size 1260420 bytes Variable Size 180356220 bytes Database Buffers 100663296 bytes Redo Buffers 2932736 bytes Database mounted. Database opened.

At this point, you are tempted to just open the binary SPFILE and remove the entry! I don't think I have to tell you this would be a very bad idea!

Well, the solution is simple - simply reset the initialization parameter. Take note that you must supply the SID= option to the ALTER SYSTEM command.

The following statement will reset the above initialization parameter (removing it from the SPFILE):


SQL> alter system reset log_archive_start scope=spfile sid='*'; System altered. SQL> shutdown immediate Database closed. Database dismounted. ORACLE instance shut down. SQL> startup ORACLE instance started. Total System Global Area 285212672 bytes Fixed Size 1260420 bytes Variable Size 180356220 bytes Database Buffers 100663296 bytes Redo Buffers 2932736 bytes Database mounted. Database opened.

Say good-bye to your warning message!

About the Author

Jeffrey Hunter is an Oracle Certified Professional, Java Development Certified Professional, Author, and an Oracle ACE. Jeff currently works as a Senior Database Administrator for The DBA Zone, Inc. located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work includes advanced performance tuning, Java and PL/SQL programming, developing high availability solutions, capacity planning, database security, and physical / logical database design in a UNIX / Linux server environment. Jeff's other interests include mathematical encryption theory, tutoring advanced mathematics, programming language processors (compilers and interpreters) in Java and C, LDAP, writing web-based database administration tools, and of course Linux. He has been a Sr. Database Administrator and Software Engineer for over 20 years and maintains his own website site at: http://www.iDevelopment.info. Jeff graduated from Stanislaus State University in Turlock, California, with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.



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