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ORA-01994: GRANT failed: password file missing or disabled (Doc ID 392027.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 7.3.4.0 to 10.2.0.5.0 [Release 7.3.4 to 10.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
This problem applies to Unix ports only.

***Checked for relevance on 9-July-2017***


Symptoms

Trying to grant SYSDBA to SYSTEM or any other user fails with :

ORA-01994: GRANT failed: password file missing or disabled

However, when using truss or tusc or any other tool to trace OS system calls, you can verify the passwordfile exists :

stat("/oracle/home/10202/dbs/orapwmysid", 0x800003ffbfffb2d0) = 0 

stat("/oracle/home/10202/dbs/orapwmysid", 0x800003ffbfffb2d0) = 0

Cause

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