DBCA Deletes All Files Specified In Template If the Database Creation Has Failed

(Doc ID 1506166.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 28, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database Configuration Assistant - Version to [Release 11.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 29-DEC-2016***


When creating the database creation scripts using the DBCA in silent mode from a template, if the path for a single datafile does not physically exist, the following error will be logged :



If the DBCA template is referencing a certain datafile and this datafile does not currently exist in the ORACLE_HOME where DBCA is running from, then the following actions will occur:

  1. the error message : Incorrect variables format. Use <variable_name> format to define variables

  2. DBCA will delete all datafiles specified in the template

This can occur if you first create a template from an existing database, then the physical structure of the database is changed by dropping a datafile or tablespace, and then you try to create the database creation scripts from this template.


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