"Failed to archive log" - messages in alert.log (Doc ID 282847.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 06, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 8.0.3.0 to 10.2.0.1 [Release 8.0.3 to 10.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 13-Sep-2016***

Symptoms

Messages in alert.log:
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Fri Jun 16 09:46:02 2000
ARC0: Evaluating archive log 4 thread 1 sequence 30
ARC0: Beginning to archive log 4 thread 1 sequence 30
Creating archive destination LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_1: '/oracle/PRD/oraarch/PRDarch1_31995.dbf'
Fri Jun 16 09:46:03 2000
ARC1: Evaluating archive log 4 thread 1 sequence 30
ARC1: Unable to archive log 4 thread 1 sequence 30
Log actively being archived by another process
Fri Jun 16 09:46:05 2000
ARC0: Evaluating archive log 1 thread 1 sequence 31
ARC0: Beginning to archive log 1 thread 1 sequence 31
...
ARC0: Unable to archive log 1 thread 1 sequence 31

Cause

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