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OpenVMS: Second RAC Instance Startup Hangs and Never Opens, Ora-01033 When Connecting (Doc ID 1256414.1)

Last updated on JUNE 05, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
HP OpenVMS Itanium
HP OpenVMS Alpha
***Checked for relevance on 08-April-2013***


Newly created RAC database does not open on the second node.

The database is mounted and opened by the first instance.
The database is mounted but not opened by the second instance. The second instance hangs after ALTER DATABASE OPEN.

RAC related communication like lock requests, reconfiguration, is working correctly.
No errors are seen in the alert.log or tracefiles.

The system state dump shows one session with  "waiting for 'gc cr request' "
Example from the system state dump:

O/S info: user: <USER>, term: , ospid: 2060045F, machine:
program: DSA1:[<USER>.DATABASE.bin]sqlplus.exe;1
application name: DSA3:[<USER>.DATABASE.bin]sqlplus.exe;1, hash value=912116949
waiting for 'gc cr request' blocking sess=0x0 seq=2112 wait_time=0 seconds since wait started=0
file#=1, block#=9d, class#=4
Dumping Session Wait History
for 'cr request retry' count=1 wait_time=0
file#=1, block#=9d, =0
for 'gc cr block lost' count=1 wait_time=875000
file#=1, =9d, =4

SQLPlus connection to the hanging instance returns error ORA-01033.
ORA-01033 Oracle startup or shutdown in progress.

When the first instance shuts down, the hanging instance opens.


New RAC database with a db_block_size larger than 8K, or with tablespaces
built with large block sizes using (sub)buffer caches like db_16k_cache_size, db_32_cache_size.


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