On 11.2.0.2, Modifying XML Fails with ORA-31011, LPX-00217: Invalid Character 187 (U+00bb) (Doc ID 1338543.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.2 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 22-Feb-2013***

Symptoms

On 11.2.0.2, attempting to modify an XML file with InsertChildXmlAfter or AppendChildXml fails with the following errors:

ERROR at line 1:
ORA-31011: XML parsing failed
ORA-19202: Error occurred in XML processing
LPX-00217: invalid character 187 (U+00BB)
Error at line 51
ORA-06512: at line 30  

The database character set is AL32UTF8
The document character set is UTF8

This error does not occur if the old parser is used. 

Cause

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