ORA-29913, ORA-29400, KUP-04040 While Selecting from External Table (Doc ID 150737.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 24, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.0.1.0 and later
Oracle Net Services - Version 12.1.0.2 to 12.1.0.2 [Release 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 13-Jun-2016***

Symptoms

When selecting from an external table , you get the following error:

SQL> select * from sys.empxt;
select * from sys.empxt
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-29913: error in executing ODCIEXTTABLEOPEN callout
ORA-29400: data cartridge error
KUP-04040: file emp1.dat in EMP_DIR not found
ORA-06512: at "SYS.ORACLE_LOADER", line 14
ORA-06512: at line 1

When analyzing the table, you get a similar message:

SQL> execute sys.dbms_stats.gather_table_stats('SYS','EMPXT');
BEGIN sys.dbms_stats.gather_table_stats('SYS','EMPXT'); END;
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-29913: error in executing ODCIEXTTABLEOPEN callout
ORA-29400: data cartridge error
KUP-04040: file emp1.dat in EMP_DIR not found
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_STATS", line 7161
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_STATS", line 7174
ORA-06512: at line 1

or:

ORA-20011: Approximate NDV failed: ORA-29913: error in executing ODCIEXTTABLEOPEN callout
ORA-29400: data cartridge error
KUP-04040: file <file_name> in <directory_name> not found

Cause

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