EXCHANGE PARTITION Results In ORA-01407: Cannot Update ("SYS"."HIST_HEAD$"."COL#") To NULL (Doc ID 1677855.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 17, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.4 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

ALTER TABLE <table_name> EXCHANGE PARTITION <partition_name> WITH TABLE <exchange table> INCLUDING INDEXES WITHOUT VALIDATION ;

ERROR at line 1:
ORA-00604: error occurred at recursive SQL level 1
ORA-01407: cannot update ("SYS"."HIST_HEAD$"."COL#") to NULL

 

A 10046 trace of the exchange statement showed this was the failing statement:

 

Changes

The table had had a hidden column added at some point, so primary key could be added to do a redefinition.   Although the hidden column was not 100% confirmed as the cause of the corruption in hist_head$, it was suspect.

   

Cause

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