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Drop User Fails with ORA-01918: user % does not exist (Doc ID 1520925.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 9.0.1 to 11.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Drop user may fail with ORA-01918 as follows:

SQL> Drop user <name> ;
drop user <name>
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01918: user <name> does not exist

The user doesn't exist in dba_users:

SQL> select username from dba_users where username = '<name>';
no rows selected

The user does exist in user$ :

SQL> select name, ctime from user$ where name='<name>';

NAME                           CTIME
------------------------------ ---------
USER_NAME                      13-NOV-12


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