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Oracle External Table error and ORA-29913

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Question:  I'm getting the ORA-29913 error with the KUP-00552 error when attempting to query from an external table:

ERROR en l?ea 1:
ORA-29913: error al ejecutar la llamada de ODCIEXTTABLEOPEN
ORA-29400: error de cartucho de datos
KUP-00552: internal XAD package failed to load
ORA-06512: en "SYS.ORACLE_LOADER", l?ea 19

Answer:  The root cause for the error relates to the message: "KUP-00552: internal XAD package failed to load".  There are several causes for the ORA-29913 error, including bug 5172459 (MOSC Note:373168.1), problems with file permissions on the external directory:

ORA-29913: error in executing string callout
Cause: The execution of the specified callout caused an error.
Action: Examine the error messages take appropriate action.

KUP-00552 internal XAD package failed to load
Cause: An error was encountered while attempting to initialize the XAD package.
Action: This message should be accompanied by other error messages indicating the cause of the error.


See BUG 5172459 (MOSC Note:373168.1)

The problem is that the message file for external tables oin not the English version. These steps will address the issue:

1. cd $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/mesg

2. cp KUP<lang>.msb KUP<lang>.msb.BAK

3. cp kupus.msb KUP<lang>.msb


External table directory error

The ORA-29913 error can also happen in external tables when you don't grant read and write permissions to the directory:

CREATE OR REPLACE DIRECTORY extdir AS '/u01/app/oracle./extdir';


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