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Connect as SYSDBA on 11.2 Cloned Home Gives "ORA-1031: Insufficient Privileges" Error (Doc ID 1061788.1)

Last updated on MARCH 15, 2021

Applies to:

Oracle Universal Installer - Version and later
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database - Standard Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Oracle11g Release 2 (11.2) database software has been cloned using the following syntax:

$ORACLE_HOME/perl/bin/perl ORACLE_BASE="target_oracle_base" ORACLE_HOME="target_oracle_home" ORACLE_HOME_NAME="target_home_name"

After cloning has completed, connecting to a database as SYSDBA gives the following error:

ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

The $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/config.c contains the following lines:

#define SS_DBA_GRP ""
#define SS_OPER_GRP ""
#define SS_ASM_GRP ""

: 11.2 on Linux and HP-UX use config.c, but 11.2 on Solaris and AIX use config.s (see <Note:50507.1> for more information about this)


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