ORA-12701 When Creating a Database (Doc ID 1058400.6)

Last updated on DECEMBER 05, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Server - Enterprise Edition - Version 7.3.4.5 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

ORA-12701: CREATE DATABASE character set is not known
Cause: The character set specified in the CREATE DATABASE command does not exist on the system.

or

ORA-12710 CREATE CONTROLFILE character set is not known
Cause: The character set specified when creating the controlfile is unknown.

 

 

Changes

You are trying to specify a character set other than the default character set US7ASCII.  
You have checked to make sure that the character set you are requesting is typed in correctly.  
You have also tried enclosing the character set string in double quotes, e.g. CHARACTER SET "WE8MSWIN1252".
 

Cause

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