Thursday, March 12, 2009

ORA-32017: failure in updating SPFILE

ORA-32017: failure in updating SPFILE
ORA-16179: incremental changes to "log_archive_dest_2" not allowed with SPFILE

Modifying log_archive_dest_n will return this error due to invalid syntax. This parameter is dynamic and can be updated using the ALTER SYSTEM statement.

Here is an example of an error raised when trying up modify the parameter log_archive_dest_2 to NULL.

SQL> alter system set log_archive_dest_2=NULL scope=both;
alter system set log_archive_dest_2=NULL
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-32017: failure in updating SPFILE
ORA-16179: incremental changes to "log_archive_dest_2" not allowed with SPFILE

To update this parameter to NULL or to a valid location use the following syntax:
SQL> alter system set log_archive_dest_2='LOCATION=NULL' scope=both;
or
SQL> alter system set log_archive_dest_2='LOCATION=/u02/oradata/arch' scope=both;

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