Instance Startup Fails With ORA-00205 After Applying Patch/Relinking (Doc ID 1166697.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 12, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.1 and later
Generic UNIX

Symptoms

o 11.2 Grid Infrastructure & RDBMS 11.2, 11.1 or 10
o database files stored in ASM
o GI and RDBMS homes set up for job role separation using different software owners
o attempt to start the database instance via sqlplus immediately after the Oracle executable has been relinked (e.g. after patching) returns the following error:

SQL> startup
 ORACLE instance started.
 
 Total System Global Area 163213312 bytes
 Fixed Size 1335192 bytes
 Variable Size 109052008 bytes
 Database Buffers 50331648 bytes
 Redo Buffers 2494464 bytes
 <strong>ORA-00205: error in identifying control file, check alert log for more info</strong>


The alert log shows the following messages:

Wed Aug 04 11:13:13 2010
ALTER DATABASE MOUNT
This instance was first to mount
Wed Aug 04 11:13:14 2010
ALTER SYSTEM SET local_listener='(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS_LIST=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=racnode1-vip)(PORT=1521))))' SCOPE=MEMORY SID='A11';
Errors in file /u01/app/oradb1/diag/rdbms/a1/A11/trace/A11_rbal_30370.trc:
ORA-15183: ASMLIB initialization error [driver/agent not installed]
WARNING: FAILED to load library: /opt/oracle/extapi/32/asm/orcl/1/libasm.so
Errors in file /u01/app/oradb1/diag/rdbms/a1/A11/trace/A11_rbal_30370.trc:
ORA-15183: ASMLIB initialization error [driver/agent not installed]
SUCCESS: diskgroup DATA112 was mounted
NOTE: dependency between database A1 and diskgroup resource ora.DATA112.dg is established
Errors in file /u01/app/oradb1/diag/rdbms/a1/A11/trace/A11_rbal_30370.trc:
ORA-15183: ASMLIB initialization error [driver/agent not installed]
WARNING: FAILED to load library: /opt/oracle/extapi/32/asm/orcl/1/libasm.so
Errors in file /u01/app/oradb1/diag/rdbms/a1/A11/trace/A11_rbal_30370.trc:
ORA-15183: ASMLIB initialization error [driver/agent not installed]
SUCCESS: diskgroup FRA112 was mounted
ORA-00204: error in reading (block 1, # blocks 1) of control file
ORA-00202: control file: '+FRA112/a1/controlfile/current.256.718814591'
ORA-15081: failed to submit an I/O operation to a disk
ORA-00204: error in reading (block 1, # blocks 1) of control file
ORA-00202: control file: '+DATA112/a1/controlfile/current.260.718814591'
ORA-15081: failed to submit an I/O operation to a disk
ORA-205 signalled during: ALTER DATABASE MOUNT...
NOTE: dependency between database A1 and diskgroup resource ora.FRA112.dg is established

 

Changes

The Oracle executable has been relinked, e.g. as part of patching (PSU etc) the database home.

Cause

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