Datapump Export/Import returns Segmentation Fault (core Dumped) Error (Doc ID 2006650.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 01, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 12.1.0.2 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

EXPDP and IMPDP commands return Segmentation fault (core dumped) error on a newly created 12c instance, e.g. for expdp:

oracle:/u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/dbhome_1/bin: expdp
Export: Release 12.1.0.2.0 - Production on Thu Apr 23 16:22:24 2015
Copyright (c) 1982, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Username: system@sdb1
Password:
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

and for impdp:

oracle:/u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/dbhome_1/bin: impdp
Import: Release 12.1.0.2.0 - Production on Thu Apr 23 16:23:19 2015
Copyright (c) 1982, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Username: system@sdb1
Password:
Segmentation fault (core dumped)


The alert log did not show any specific internal errors.

An RDA/HCVE report showed some failures and recommendations regarding SHMALL kernel parameter.
However, after following the recommendation, the issue persisted.

Cause

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