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FRM-40508 : ORACLE error: unable to INSERT record tips

Oracle Error Tips by Stephanie Filio of  Burleson Consulting


Oracle notes these details on the FRM-40508 error:


FRM-40508 : ORACLE error: unable to INSERT record.

Cause: A fatal error occurred while Oracle Forms was trying to insert a record. The table associated with the current block of the form might not exist, your username might not have authority to perform the specified action on the table, or some other reason might have caused the fatal error.

Action: Contact your DBA.

Oracle has published some great information regarding FRM-40508, which may help to remedy the FRM-40508 error:

Use the Display Error Key or Menu Option.

The Display Error key or menu option will invoke a dialog window that will contain the SQL INSERT statement that Forms was trying to execute when the FRM-40508 error occurred, and the actual ORACLE error that occurred.

If the INSERT statement is too long to determine where the error occurred, turn OFF the Base Table property of some non-required items in the block to shorten the INSERT statement.

Keep in mind that if you change the database table structure, you have to remember to make reflective changes to the Forms base table block.

To invoke the Display Error:

1. Display Error is available from the HELP menu using the Forms Default menu.

2. A [Display Error] key is available. Use SHOW KEYS to determine what device-specific key is mapped to the Display Error functionality for your application.

3. The Display Error functionality can be invoked programmatically using the DISPLAY_ERROR Forms built-in.



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