TNS-01153 and NL-00303 starting the TNS Listener (Doc ID 1463349.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 05, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Net Services - Version 11.2.0.1 and later
Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

Environment:
This error combination can occur on any platform including Linux and UNIX flavors

One environment was:
Oracle11gR2 (11.2.0.3) on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 2008

When attempting to start the Listener, the following error may be displayed in the LSNRCTL screen:
TNS-01153: Failed to process string: ... (followed by abnormal characters)

The listener log may also show:
NL-00303: syntax error in NV string


Changes

Possibly a new installation
Also, ADR logging may have been set to a custom location

Cause

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