Unable to Delete File After UTL_FILE Left File Open on Windows (Doc ID 1453572.1)

Last updated on JULY 05, 2017

Applies to:

PL/SQL - Version 10.2.0.4 and later
Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)

Symptoms

On Windows a file opened using UTL_FILE is unable to be deleted as the file was left opened and not closed using UTL_FILE.FCLOSE.

Even when the session is closed (or sqlplus exited) the file remains locked.

Example code that leaves an open file

* note we do not close the file - the FCLOSE is commented out

 

 

Cause

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