Drop User Fails With ORA-01918 though the user exists In DBA_USERS

(Doc ID 1297361.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 06, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 9.2 to 11.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


When attempting to drop an existing user, the following error occurs:

ORA-01918: user 'AHONG2' does not exist

SQL> drop user ahong3;
drop user ahong3
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01918: user 'AHONG3' does not exist

* Querying DBA_USERS shows that the user does exist:

SQL> select username from dba_users where username='ahong3';


* Running Health check script shows no warnings/ errors:

SQL> execute hcheck.full
HCheck Version 8i-11/1.95

Found 0 potential problems and 0 warnings

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.


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