Spfile Creation Fails With ORA-01078, LRM-00111, or ORA-600[kghfrempty:ds] When Using Long UTL_FILE_DIR Value

(Doc ID 1083742.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 10.2 to 11.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 02-Jan-2014***


This issue was observed on Oracle 64-bit on a HP-UX Itanium server, on a two node RAC database

Problem description
Spfile creation from a pfile fails with memory errors.
There are very long strings for the utl_file directory. There are separate utl_file_dir parameters for each node.
It succeeds when only one utl_file_directory string is used.
It fails when there are two utl_file_directory strings.
Each utl_file_dir parameter exceeds 16K

The spfile creation fails with these messages:
ORA-01078: failure in processing system parameters
LRM-00111: no closing quote for value 'piece of utl_file_dir parameter>'

The alert log shows the error:
ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [kgh_heap_sizes:ds], [0x60000000001F5390], [], [], [], [],
ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [kghfrempty:ds], [0x60000000001F5390], [], [], [], [], [], []

The trace file shows the failing statement:
create spfile='/tmp/<filename>.txt' from pfile='<pfilename>.txt'

The function stack shows the error occurred when trying to allocate a new memory extent from the free list.
kgesin <- kghnerror
$cold_kghfrempty kghgex kghalf kghstack_overflow_internal kghstack_alloc ksmals ksprszsp
kspcsetsp <- kspsetsp <- ksplrmfn <- lrmpfi <- kspcspfp <- kspocte

The trace file shows that there are memory overwrites of extent descriptors, and the
text in the overwrite is the text from the utl_file_dir parameter.
EXTENT 19 addr=60000000001f5390
ERROR extent at 60000000001f5390 contains wrong ds 3132272c272f7661
***** Dump of memory around addr 60000000001f5390:
60000000001F4390 6964776B 742F6C6F 672F6477 3230272C [idwkt/log/dw20',]



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