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ORA- 39171 tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMay 22, 2015


Question:  I am getting this ORA-39171 error during an import:

statement in resumable session 'SYSTEM.SYS_IMPORT_FULL_02.1' was suspended due to

ORA-01659: unable to allocate MINEXTENTS beyond 1 in tablespace MY_DATA

How do I fix the ORA-39171 error and resume my import (impdp) job?

Answer:  The oerr utility shows this for the ORA-39171 error message:

ORA- 39171:  Job is experiencing a resumable wait.\n%s"

Cause: The Data Pump job is stalled with one or more of its sessions having a resumable wait. Resumable waits are typically caused by a non-expandable tablespace running out of space. The follow-on message describes the nature of the wait.

Action: Correct the condition causing the wait. This will typically involve adding datafiles to the tablespace that is full.

The resumable_timeout parameter setting determines the wait time before the job aborts:

ORA-30032: the suspended (resumable) statement has timed out

When you have a resumable wait, you can use the following steps to re-start the import utility:

1:  From the impdp windows, use <ctrl> c to stop the import job.  This will result in a prompt like this


2:  Next, stop the job without aborting it:

Import> stop_job=immediate

2a.  At this point, you can kill the job if you wish to start over:

Import> kill_job

3:  Next, fix the root cause of the error.  This could be adding a datafile to a tablespace or resizing a datafile or enabling the "autoextend" option for a tablespace.

alter datafile 'C:\myfiles\mydata.dbf' AUTOEXTEND ON MAXSIZE UNLIMITED;

4.  Now we re-attach the import job to its session in the database:

C:\import> impdp scott/tiger parfile my_imp.par attach=job_name

If you omit the attach parameter, Oracle will assign a default name for the job.

5:  Now, we can re-start the import (impdp) job:

Import> start_job

Note that at any time during the execution of the import job you can use <cntl> c and use this command to see the status of your import job:

Import> status

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