Full Export Fails With Error ORA-1406 When Exporting 11g Database

(Doc ID 553993.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.2.0.8 to 10.2.0.4 [Release 9.2 to 10.2]
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.1.0.6 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 24-Sep-2013***

Symptoms

Full database export using traditional exp utility version 9.2.0.8 fails with errors EXP-8 ORA-1406 during exporting roles from a database version 11.1.0.x.

Example exp command:

exp system/password@db11g file=exp_full.dmp log=exp_full.log full=y

Example exp output/logging:

Export: Release 9.2.0.8.0 - Production on Tue Feb 5 10:07:54 2008
Copyright (c) 1982, 2002, Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.
Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.1.0.6.0 - Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options
Export done in WE8MSWIN1252 character set and AL16UTF16 NCHAR character set
About to export the entire database ...
. exporting tablespace definitions
. exporting profiles
. exporting user definitions
. exporting roles
EXP-00008: ORACLE error 1406 encountered
ORA-01406: fetched column value was truncated
EXP-00000: Export terminated unsuccessfully


The statement that fails with ORA-1406 is:

SELECT GRANTEE, PRIV, WGO FROM SYS.EXU8SPV ORDER BY SEQUENCE


The problem affects all the exp utilities with release lower than 11g.

Cause

Sign In with your My Oracle Support account

Don't have a My Oracle Support account? Click to get started

My Oracle Support provides customers with access to over a
Million Knowledge Articles and hundreds of Community platforms