ASM Instance Unable To Start (ORA-03113: End-Of-File On Communication Channel) (Doc ID 1194153.1)

Last updated on JUNE 28, 2017

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.1.0.7 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
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Symptoms

Note: Also applicable to non-RAC environments

ASM instance failed to start with the error (ORA-03113: end-of-file on communication channel) in a 6-node cluster

Tried sqlplus or srvctl, both fail with these errors.

Only core dumps get generated under the asm_home/db directories.
 
Additional information
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* The issue was discovered after node evictions (separate issue).
* There are still 2 ASM instances running.
* The Oracle Clusterware / CRS is up and running on all nodes.
* Nothing gets writen to the ASM alert logs, nor any trace files get generated
* No known changes done before and that could point a s the root problem.
* Extracting Call Stack from produced core files (Note:1812.1) shows: skgdbgcra ksdbgcra ssexhd

Cause

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