Ora-27077: Too Many Files Open While Running A Query On V$PWFILE_USERS (Doc ID 1113420.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 24, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Server - Enterprise Edition - Version: 11.1.0.7 and later   [Release: 11.1 and later ]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

When running a query on v$pwfile_users the following error occurs:

 
SQL> select count(*) from v$pwfile_users;
ORA-27077 : too many files open


The command "lsof | grep orapw" retruns a lot of rows and after restarting the instance it is seen that the lsof command will return one new row for each new execution of the query on v$pwfile_users. 

Cause

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