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DBCS: Scale Down activity failed when database was started using pfile as memory parameters did not get update (Doc ID 2387771.1)

Last updated on APRIL 09, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle Database Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
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- The database was earlier running with SGA_TARGET of 5296M and then was increased to 10624M when the VM was scaled up.
- The database was running fine when the SGA_TARGET was 10624M
- After scaling down with expected SGA_TARGET=2640M, the database failed to start up even with lower expected SGA and gave the error.
- The OSW logs showed swapping happening and the free memory very low as compared to the total system memory.


The timeline of the operation was as below:

By 2018-04-10_15:51:09, image was updated to OC5 and SGA was updated successfully to 10.3 G from 5.1 GB, no swapping was there



The database was started using pfile instead of spfile as observed from logs. 


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