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ORA-16059: Empty Log File Or Invalid Next Available Block (Doc ID 2686014.1)

Last updated on APRIL 17, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 11.2 to 20.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


One or more archive log files may not get shipped to a Standby/Downstream/Mining database. Intermittently the error ORA-16059 is reported on the Source and the Sequence is rejected at the target side.

ORA-16059: empty log file or invalid next available block

for Example: redo transfer from a source 12.1 or 12.2 database to Destination 19c Downstream DB.

The RFS** traces shows messages like below:

During the write operation of the archivelog to the downstream/mining/standby side,  when there is ORA-16059 encountered on the Source DB, the write operation is rejected on the target side, and the partially written file is replaced with the next sequence.




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