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ORA-29280: invalid directory path tips

Oracle Error Tips by Stephanie F.


The Oracle docs note this on the ora-29280 error:

ORA-29280: invalid directory path
Cause: A corresponding directory object does not exist.
Action: Correct the directory object parameter, or create a corresponding directory object with the CREATE DIRECTORY command.

This error is common when a fully-qualified path name cannot be determined, and the most common cause of the ORA-29280 error is a missing directory declaration.  The utl_file_fcopy procedure accepts these arguments (location, filename, dest_dir, dest_file, start_line, end_line).

create directory alert_dir as '/u01/app/oracle/mysid/pfile';

create directory tempdir as '/tmp';

   src_location      => 'alert_dir',
   src_filename      => 'alert_log',
   dest_location     => 'tempdir',
   dest_filename     => 'alert_keep',
   start_line        => 1,
   end_line          => 50


On Oracle FAQ's Forums, a user was confronted by ORA-29280 when attempting to generate a .txt-file.  The path had been dropped and Declared several times, but ORA-29280 continued to be thrown.

Two replies were offered to resolve ORA-29280:

  • Be sure that the OS level user has permission to write to a folder
  • Try upper case letters for the directory name
    •     i.e. instead of out_dir use OUT_DIR

The latter of the two successfully resolved ORA-29280 for the user.




UTL_FILE.FCOPY('C', 'test.sql' , 'C', 'test2.sql', 1, 6);



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