VMS: ORA-00443 Process PMON Died When Starting the Instance.
Last updated on FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Applies to:Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 10.2.0.2 and later
HP OpenVMS Itanium
HP OpenVMS Alpha
***Checked for relevance on 08-April-2013***
Checked for relevance on 16-May-2011.
-- Problem Statement:
Instance startup fails with the following error message:
SQL*Plus: Release 10.2.0.2.0 - Production on Tue Jan 29 08:54:10 2008
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Connected to an idle instance.
SQL> startup open
ORA-00443: background process "PMON" did not start
The alert log shows:
Process PMON died, see its trace file
USER: terminating instance due to error 443
Instance terminated by USER, pid = 242cd04c
From ora_dump:<node>_<sid>_FG_ORACLE_000.TRC :
The trace file of the foreground process starting the Instance contains these messages:
*** 2008-01-29 08:54:14.635
Process PMON is dead (pid=242cd851, state=3):
*** 2008-01-29 08:54:14.642
KSTDUMP: In-memory trace dump
TIME:SEQ# ORAPID SID EVENT OP DATA
B2D0D048:00000003 149 0 10254 34 KSBS1P: process USER trying to start background PMON
B2E04550:00000008 149 0 10254 51 KSBS1P: out of loop: process did not start
KSTDUMP: End of in-memory trace dump
*** 2008-01-29 08:54:14.644
OpenVMS logicals had been created in an attempt to control whether a dump file would be created for pmon if the pmon process died. The name of the logical was incorrect.
$ define /sys/exec ORA_<instance name>_PMON false
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