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Connecting to SQL*Plus Generates ORA-00257: archiver is stuck (Doc ID 121927.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 29, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Gen 1 Exadata Cloud at Customer (Oracle Exadata Database Cloud Machine) - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Generic UNIX


Your database is in archive log mode and archiving works fine until
suddenly connecting via SQLPLUS generates the following error:

ORA-00257: archiver is stuck. CONNECT INTERNAL only, until freed

When connecting via sqlplus as internal and issuing:

alter system archive log all;

Then the following error message is generated:

ORA-16020: less destinations available than specified by

If you issue:

select * from v$archive_dest;

then the result shows status 'error' the following error message is generated:

ORA-19504: failed to create file %s

When space becomes available again after archives have been moved to tape
(or elsewhere) automatic archiving is not resumed.



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