REP-501 Error When Connecting to Oracle Reports Using Externally Authorized User

(Doc ID 162457.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 02, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Reports Developer - Version 6.0.8 to [Release 6.0.8 to 12c]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Running any report fails with the following error when connecting to Oracle Reports using Externally Authorized User (OPS$ user):

REP-501: Unable to connect to the specified database.

This is a feature of the Oracle database and TNS. Database is configured for remote authentication (OPS$) by setting the following INIT.ORA parameter:



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