Querying DBA_FLASHBACK_ARCHIVE View Gives Ora-08181 (Doc ID 1153794.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 27, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.1.0.7 to 11.2.0.1 [Release 11.1 to 11.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

++ Flashback data archive was enabled for 2 tables.

A select * from dba_flashback_archive fails with the following error.


SQL> select * from dba_flashback_archive;
select * from dba_flashback_archive
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-8181: specified number is not a valid system change number
ORA-6512: at "SYS.SCN_TO_TIMESTAMP", line 1


++ Select * from sys.SYS_FBA_FA works fine.

++ The problem is that the mapping for the createscn is gone. The view
DBA_FLASHBACK_ARCHIVEtries to convert the scn to a time and fails.

Cause

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