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ORA-39213: Metadata processing is not available tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonApril 25, 2016

Question: What do I do to fix the ORA-39213 error when using expdp:

expdp system/manager dumpfile=dpump_dir:scott.dmp logfile=dpump_dir:scott.log tables=scott.emp TRANSPORTABLE=always

and It is giving below ORA-29213 error.

ORA-39006: internal error
ORA-39213: Metadata processing is not available

Answer:  The oerr utility shows this for the ORA-39213 error:

ORA-39213: Metadata processing is not available.

Cause: The Data Pump could not use the Metadata API. Typically, this is caused by the XSL stylesheets not being set up properly.
 
Action: Connect AS SYSDBA and execute dbms_metadata_util.load_stylesheets to reload the stylesheets.

During the import, dbms_metadata_util.load_stylesheets Oracle reads the directory at $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/xml/xsl and load the XSL files using DBMS_LOB package.   If the files cannot be read (with missing privileges for "oracle" user), then we give the ORA-39213 error.  

In Windows, we need to check the registry entries to ensure that they are in a valid state.  In case you have INVALID status in dba_registry, we check it and try to find a solution for it. In my case, the "CATPROC" registry entry was invalid. To resolve this we run "CATPROC.sql" file which is present in "$ORACLE_HOME/RDBMS/admin/" directory :

In UNIX/Linux, the fix is to perform these steps:

1 - chmod 755 the permissions on the directory: $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/xml/xsl

2 - Re-load the stylesheets using the dbms_metadata_util.load_stylesheets procedure

SQL> execute dbms_metadata_util.load_stylesheets

In some cases the load_stylesheets procedure will fail with the

ORA-31609: error loading file "kualter.xsl" from file system directory "/rdbms/xml/xsl"
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_METADATA_UTIL", line 1807
ORA-06512: at line 1

This package needs XML being installed and XML needs JAVA being installed. This select from view dba_registry shows neither Java nor XML were installed:

SQL> select comp_id, version, status FROM dba_registry;


CATALOG                      10.2.0.2.0                  VALID CATPROC                      10.2.0.2.0                  VALID

Hence, we need to install JVM and XML  executing the following scripts:

SQL> connect / as sysdba
SQL> @$ORACLE_HOME/javavm/install/initjvm.sql
SQL> connect / as sysdba
SQL> @$ORACLE_HOME/xdk/admin/initxml.sql
SQL> connect / as sysdba
SQL> @$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/catjava.sql
SQL> connect / as sysdba
SQL> @$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/utlrp.sql


   
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