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How to Resolve ORA-00257: Archiver is Stuck Error in 10g and higher [ID 278308.1]
Modified: 01-Mar-2013 Type: PROBLEM Status: MODERATED Priority: 3

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Applies to:
Oracle Server - Standard Edition - Version: 10.1.0.2 to 11.2.0.2 - Release: 10.1 to 11.2 Information in this document applies to any platform. ***Checked for relevance on 17-10-2011***

Symptoms
Connections to the database receive ORA-00257: archiver is stuck error.

Cause
The max limit for flash recovery area(db_recovery_file_dest_size) is reached.

Solution
1. Check whether the database is in archive log mode and automatic archiving is enabled. SQL> archive log list; 2. If archive destination is defined by USE_DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST, find the archive destination by : SQL> show parameter db_recovery_file_dest; Check what is the value set for db_recovery_file_dest_size 3. Find the space used in flash recovery area by : SQL> SELECT * FROM V$RECOVERY_FILE_DEST; 4. If SPACE_USED is equal to SPACE_LIMIT, move the archive logs to a different destination. 5. Archive all the log files SQL> alter system archive log all; NOTE: See Note 315098.1 for pointers on backing up files from the flash recovery area to decrease space usage. 6. If ORA-16020: less destinations available than specified by LOG_ARCHIVE_MIN_SUCCEED_DEST is received for step 5, then for each destination give the correct archivelog path and issue:

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SQL>alter system set LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_.. = 'location=/archivelogpath reopen'; NOTE: ===== If you have configured Flash Recovery Area (default in 10gR2) -- meaning that you have set the two initialization parameters: -- DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST_SIZE -- DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST you cannot use the LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST and LOG_ARCHIVE_DUPLEX_DEST parameters any more. You must always use the LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_n parameters in case you have configured flash recovery area. LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_10 is implicitly set to USE_DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST if you create a recovery area and do not set any other local archiving destinations. If you try to use LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST with a Flash Recovery Area configured, you will receive errors like: ERROR at line 1: ORA-02097: parameter cannot be modified because specified value is invalid ORA-16018: cannot use LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST with LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_n or DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST 7. Just switch the logs to verify: SQL> alter system switch logfile; NOTE: ==== If you want to increase the flash recovery area: STEPS: ===== 1. Note down the path of flash recovery area. SQL> show parameter db_recovery_file_dest; 2. Disable the Flash Recovery Area SQL> ALTER SYSTEM SET DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST='' SCOPE=BOTH SID='*'; 3. Increase the Flash Recovery Area SQL> ALTER SYSTEM SET DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST_SIZE = 10g SCOPE=BOTH SID='*'; 4. Enable the Flash Recovery Area SQL> ALTER SYSTEM SET DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST = '/dir1' SCOPE=BOTH SID='*'; If the flash recovery area location is an Automatic Storage Management disk group named disk1, for example, then you can do the following: SQL> ALTER SYSTEM SET DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST = '+disk1' SCOPE=BOTH SID='*';

References
NOTE:305796.1 NOTE:315098.1 NOTE:316074.1 NOTE:305648.1 RMAN and Flash Recovery Area How is the space pressure managed in the Flash Recovery Area - An Example. Correctly configuring the Flash Recovery Area to allow the release of reclaimable space What is a Flash Recovery Area and how to configure it ?

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