11gR2 Grid Infrastructure ASM startup fails with ORA-12705: Cannot access NLS data files or invalid environment specified (Doc ID 1623259.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 18, 2014

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.1.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

ASM startup using srvctl or Grid Infrastructure startup fails with following messages:

<GRID_HOME>/bin/srvctl start asm
PRCR-1079 : Failed to start resource ora.asm
CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.asm' on 'rac4'
ORA-12705: Cannot access NLS data files or invalid environment specified
CRS-5017: The resource action "ora.asm start" encountered the following error:
ORA-12705: Cannot access NLS data files or invalid environment specified
. For details refer to "(:CLSN00107:)" in "/u01/grid/app/oranew/product/11.2.0.3/grid/log/rac4/agent/ohasd/oraagent_oracle/oraagent_oracle.log".

CRS-2674: Start of 'ora.asm' on 'rac4' failed
CRS-2679: Attempting to clean 'ora.asm' on 'rac4'
ORA-12705: Cannot access NLS data files or invalid environment specified
CRS-2681: Clean of 'ora.asm' on 'rac4' succeeded

 NLS_LANG environment variable is not set or set correctly for example: AMERICAN_AMERICA.AL32UTF8.

Cause

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