11.2 Rac – Instance unwilling to start with Error ORA-00132


This week  had one of those days where after working together with customer and Oracle Consultant  one  of  the Rac Databases needed a restart due to a variable change.  Together with customer it was decided to restart second  instance first so first took care of the  environment by enabling a Maintenance mode so our monitoring tool would not strike me with tickets.

The second instance was   friendly:

  • the shutdown: srvctl stop instance -d -i went smooth .
  • the startup: srvctl start instance -d -i went smooth .

Then i  performed same steps on first Instance:

  • the shutdown: srvctl stop instance -d -i went smooth .
  • the startup: srvctl start instance -d -i   failed  with an error message that puzzled me a lot .

ORA-00132: syntax error or unresolved network name ‘myserver-scan:33000’

I checked my scan listener settings:

oracle@myserver-s1:/opt/oracle [CRS]#
SCAN Listener LISTENER_SCAN1 is enabled
SCAN listener LISTENER_SCAN1 is running on node myserver-s4
SCAN Listener LISTENER_SCAN2 is enabled
SCAN listener LISTENER_SCAN2 is running on node myserver-s2
SCAN Listener LISTENER_SCAN3 is enabled
SCAN listener LISTENER_SCAN3 is running on node myserver-s3

oracle@myserver-s1:/opt/oracle [CRS]# srvctl config scan_listener
SCAN Listener LISTENER_SCAN1 exists. Port: TCP:33000
SCAN Listener LISTENER_SCAN2 exists. Port: TCP:33000
SCAN Listener LISTENER_SCAN3 exists. Port: TCP:33000

Crs agent log showed same error and i could not start the instance via the  srvctl tool. The error suggested that my remote listener ( i am using scan ) was the issue.. But the  remote listener was not even part of  my tnsnames.ora, since my spfile value for the remote listener = myserver-scan:33000.

That was soo confusing. Well  I attempted to start the Instance via sqlplus  and that worked. I checked the cluster and it reported  ONLINE ONLINE on the resource so  the first pressure was off.

To solve it , make sure that  the sqlnet.ora is similar on all environments and it seems to need the ezconnect information in there  ( in names.directory_path).([ID 1318026.1])

Happy reading


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