ORA-12514 TNS error after restart (followed by ORA-01261: Parameter db_recovery_file_dest)

In one of my previous article I’ve managed to clean Oracle logs using ADRCI tool but after restarting my Database, I was unable to connect.

The issue was there before I was not aware about it. It’s not related to ADRCI.

The DB Oracle Service (here under Windows) started successfully but I was unable to connect and received the well known ORA-12514 TNS error.

Well, I did not change anything about the TNS…

I checked the TNS status using “LNSRCTL STATUS” in a Command Prompt. Indeed, no Listener available for my Instance.

I then noticed the Oracle DB Process was consuming less than 200Mo of memory. The database was not started successfully (indeed the service is running…).

In a Command Prompt, connect and try to start it manually:

SQL> connect / as sysdba
ConnectÚ Ó une instance inactive.
SQL> startup
ORA-01261: Parameter db_recovery_file_dest destination string cannot be translat
ORA-01263: Name given for file destination directory is invalid
OSD-04018: Acc┐s impossible ┐ l'unit┐ ou au r┐pertoire indiqu┐.
O/S-Error: (OS 3) The system cannot find the path specified.


Ok, found the problem; the parameter “db_recovery_file_dest” was incorrect.

I managed to start the instance using an old PFILE located in ../oracle/admin/db_name/init.ora.XXXXXXXX

startup mount pfile="D:\oracle\admin\dn_name\pfile\init.ora.7720159372";

More info here: https://docs.oracle.com/cd/B28359_01/server.111/b28310/start001.htm#ADMIN11140


I created a PFILE from the current SPFILE (file will be created under “../oracle/11.2.0/db/database”):

create pfile from spfile;

I edited the newly created PFILE to correct the parameter path and created the SPFILE from this new PFILE:

 create spfile from pfile='..\oracle\11.2.0\db\database\INITdb_name.ORA';

Problem solved.


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