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RDBPROD: Hints and Tips on solving RDB-E-NO_PRIV problems for Users. (Doc ID 859971.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 15, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Rdb Server on OpenVMS - Version 7.0 and later
HP OpenVMS Alpha
HP OpenVMS Itanium


Possible reasons and corrective actions for  " %RDB-E-NO_PRIV, privilege denied by database facility"

Oracle Rdb has internal security checks to control who is able to access or change objects within the database, ranging from opening a database to updating a table. Chapter 9 in the Oracle Rdb7 Guide to Database Design and Definition (<Note:133454.1>) describes in detail the security mechanisms inside the database, with Table 9-1 listing privileges required for almost every DDL or DML activity.  Table 1-1 in the Oracle Rdb RMU Reference Manual (<Note:133454.1>)  lists RMU privileges and OpenVMS override privileges for activities including opening or closing a database.

By default the security is OpenVMS ACL style, where access can be granted or denied using a UIC which can be a name, such as [DATABASE,USER1], numeric, such as [20,1], or a rights identifier.  Access may also come through wildcard UIC settings [*,*].

Note: Users with high level OpenVMS privileges can gain access without having an entry defined within the database. The effects of these privileges are listed in the SQL Reference Manual,  in the Usage Notes for the GRANT statement.

The examples below will focus on solutions involving a UIC.  Use the OpenVMS utility AUTHORIZE to discover UIC values for accounts or ask the user who is having the problem to perform a $SHOW PROCESS.

The purpose of this article is to help determine what to do in order to allow a user to access a database. It does not cover privilege errors manipulating metadata.

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