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NLS settings like NLS_DATE_FORMAT in spfile or init.ora ignored, incorrect or not as expected on Oracle and higher (Doc ID 1368966.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2018

Applies to:

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

This note does NOT apply to any version lower than


This is seen:
* After upgrade to when comparing the configuration of the older version with the (or up) config
* After trying to set a NLS settings like NLS_DATE_FORMAT in spfile or init.ora in (or up) and checking the result.

AND The way the setting is checked is one of these 2 methods: using "show parameter" or selecting from v$parameter.

SQL>show parameter NLS%


SQL>select name,value from V$PARAMETER where name like '%nls%';


Using or higher


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