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ORA-38500: %s

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 8,  2015


The documentation notes the following about ORA-38500:

ORA-38500: %s

Cause: There was a generic error

Action: See documentation for further information.

The Oracle documentation above on ORA-38500 is obviously a little mysterious.  This being said, when encountering ORA-38500, it is important to look into all possible causes and aggressively evaluate all processes and attached errors and title. 

For example, on Oracle DBA Forums, a user has experienced ORA-38500 in this context: 

I am on 10gR2.  I want to implement real time application of redo logs on my physical standby db.  I issued the following command but it failed and gave ORA-38500.

SQL> alter database recover managed standby database using current logfile;
alter database recover managed standby database using current logfile
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-38500: USING CURRENT LOGFILE option not available without stand

To resolve this instance of ORA-38500, the user was advised that needed "standby redologs on the standby databse in order to use redo apply OR sql apply using the current logfile."


Oracle MOSC also has information on ORA-38500 involving a bug.  The article, Bug 6708565 - DBMS_RLMGR fails with ORA-38500 when specifying NLS length semantic, should be good to check out if you think this might be the reson for your occurance of ORA-38500.  Here is some of the documentation to help you decide:

An attempt to create a rule class with attributes or action preferences configured with a VARCHAR2 data type with specific length semantic (eg: as in VARCHAR2(10 CHAR) ), fails with an invalid data type error. 

Use VARCHAR2 data type without specific length semantics.




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