Oracle9i Database Error Messages
Release 1 (9.0.1)

Part Number A90202-02
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This manual describes error messages that may appear while using products that are part of Oracle. Each message listing in the manual contains the message statement, an explanation of the probable causes of the message, and a recommended action. If the message is a warning or indicates that an error occurred, the message listing indicates a corrective action.

This preface contains these topics:


Oracle9i Database Error Messages is intended for all Oracle users.


This document contains:

Part I, "Introduction"

Chapter 1, "Using Messages"

Part II, "Oracle Database Server Messages"

Chapter 2, "ORA-00000 to ORA-00899"
Chapter 3, "ORA-00900 to ORA-01499"
Chapter 4, "ORA-01500 to ORA-02099"
Chapter 5, "ORA-02100 to ORA-04099"
Chapter 6, "ORA-04100 to ORA-07499"
Chapter 7, "ORA-07500 to ORA-09857"
Chapter 8, "ORA-09858 to ORA-12299"
Chapter 9, "ORA-12300 to ORA-12399"
Chapter 10, "ORA-12400 to ORA-12699"
Chapter 11, "ORA-12700 to ORA-19399"
Chapter 12, "ORA-19400 to ORA-24279"
Chapter 13, "ORA-24280 to ORA-29249"
Chapter 14, "ORA-29250 to ORA-32767"

Part III, "Oracle Database Server Utilities Messages"

Chapter 15, "Oracle Trace Collection Services Messages (EPC)"
Chapter 16, "Export Messages (EXP)"
Chapter 17, "Import Messages (IMP)"
Chapter 18, "Parameter Messages (LRM)"
Chapter 19, "Parameter Messages (LCD)"
Chapter 20, "BFILE-Related Messages (LFI)"
Chapter 21, "PL/SQL and FIPS Messages (PLS)"
Chapter 22, "Summary Advisor, Explain Rewrite, and Explain Materialized View Messages (QSM)"
Chapter 23, "Recovery Manager Messages (RMAN)"
Chapter 24, "SQL*Loader Messages (SQL*Loader)"

Part IV, "Network Messages"

Chapter 25, "Oracle Net Messages (TNS)"
Chapter 26, "Oracle Names Client Messages (NNC)"
Chapter 27, "Oracle Names Server Messages (NNO)"
Chapter 28, "Oracle Names Control Utility Messages (NNL)"
Chapter 29, "Oracle Names Server Network Presentation Layer Messages (NPL)"
Chapter 30, "External Naming Messages (NNF)"
Chapter 31, "Simple Network Management Protocol Messages (NMP)"
Chapter 32, "Remote Operation Messages (NCR)"
Chapter 33, "Network Security Messages (NZE)"

Part V, "Precompiler Messages"

Chapter 34, "SQL*Module Messages (MOD)"
Chapter 35, "Object Type Translator Type File Messages (O2F)"
Chapter 36, "Object Type Translator Initialization Messages (O2I)"
Chapter 37, "Object Type Translator Unparser Messages (O2U)"
Chapter 38, "Pro*COBOL Messages (PCB)"
Chapter 39, "PCF FIPS Messages (PCF)"
Chapter 40, "Pro*C/C++ Messages (PCC)"
Chapter 41, "SQL Runtime Messages (SQL)"

Part VI, "Options Messages"

Chapter 42, "interMedia Audio Messages (AUD)"
Chapter 43, "interMedia Image Messages (IMG)"
Chapter 44, "interMedia Video Messages (VID)"
Chapter 45, "Oracle Text Messages (DRG)"
Chapter 46, "Time Series Messages (TS)"
Chapter 47, "Spatial Data Option Messages (SDO)"
Chapter 48, "Visual Information Retrieval Messages (VIR)"

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Conventions in Text

We use various conventions in text to help you more quickly identify special terms. The following table describes those conventions and provides examples of their use.

Convention  Meaning  Example 


Bold typeface indicates terms that are defined in the text or terms that appear in a glossary, or both. 

When you specify this clause, you create an index-organized table.  


Italic typeface indicates book titles or emphasis. 

Oracle9i Database Concepts

Ensure that the recovery catalog and target database do not reside on the same disk. 

UPPERCASE monospace (fixed-width font) 

Uppercase monospace typeface indicates elements supplied by the system. Such elements include parameters, privileges, datatypes, RMAN keywords, SQL keywords, SQL*Plus or utility commands, packages and methods, as well as system-supplied column names, database objects and structures, usernames, and roles. 

You can specify this clause only for a NUMBER column.

You can back up the database by using the BACKUP command.

Query the TABLE_NAME column in the USER_TABLES data dictionary view.


lowercase monospace (fixed-width font) 

Lowercase monospace typeface indicates executables, filenames, directory names, and sample user-supplied elements. Such elements include computer and database names, net service names, and connect identifiers, as well as user-supplied database objects and structures, column names, packages and classes, usernames and roles, program units, and parameter values.

Note: Some programmatic elements use a mixture of UPPERCASE and lowercase. Enter these elements as shown. 

Enter sqlplus to open SQL*Plus.

The password is specified in the orapwd file.

Back up the datafiles and control files in the /disk1/oracle/dbs directory.

The department_id, department_name, and location_id columns are in the hr.departments table.

Set the QUERY_REWRITE_ENABLED initialization parameter to true.

Connect as oe user.

The JRepUtil class implements these methods. 

lowercase monospace (fixed-width font) italic 

Lowercase monospace italic font represents placeholders or variables. 

You can specify the parallel_clause.

Run Uold_release.SQL where old_release refers to the release you installed prior to upgrading. 

Conventions in Code Examples

Code examples illustrate SQL, PL/SQL, SQL*Plus, or other command-line statements. They are displayed in a monospace (fixed-width) font and separated from normal text as shown in this example:

SELECT username FROM dba_users WHERE username = 'MIGRATE';

The following table describes typographic conventions used in code examples and provides examples of their use.

Convention  Meaning  Example 

[ ] 

Brackets enclose one or more optional items. Do not enter the brackets. 

DECIMAL (digits [ , precision ]) 

{ } 

Braces enclose two or more items, one of which is required. Do not enter the braces. 


A vertical bar represents a choice of two or more options within brackets or braces. Enter one of the options. Do not enter the vertical bar. 




Horizontal ellipsis points indicate either:

  • That we have omitted parts of the code that are not directly related to the example

  • That you can repeat a portion of the code


CREATE TABLE ... AS subquery;

SELECT col1, col2, ... , coln FROM employees; 



Vertical ellipsis points indicate that we have omitted several lines of code not directly related to the example. 


Other notation 

You must enter symbols other than brackets, braces, vertical bars, and ellipsis points as shown. 

acctbal NUMBER(11,2);

acct CONSTANT NUMBER(4) := 3; 


Italicized text indicates placeholders or variables for which you must supply particular values. 

CONNECT SYSTEM/system_password

DB_NAME = database_name 


Uppercase typeface indicates elements supplied by the system. We show these terms in uppercase in order to distinguish them from terms you define. Unless terms appear in brackets, enter them in the order and with the spelling shown. However, because these terms are not case sensitive, you can enter them in lowercase. 

SELECT last_name, employee_id FROM employees;


DROP TABLE hr.employees; 


Lowercase typeface indicates programmatic elements that you supply. For example, lowercase indicates names of tables, columns, or files.

Note: Some programmatic elements use a mixture of UPPERCASE and lowercase. Enter these elements as shown. 

SELECT last_name, employee_id FROM employees;

sqlplus hr/hr


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