In Linux, when you create a pfile to create a database in the dbs folder, automatically an lksid file is also created. Why is this so? If we open the file it says don't delete this file.

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The lksid file is an instance lock file. This is a method Oracle uses to stop a second instance from starting, attaching to the same Oracle database. Do not delete this file as Oracle will manage the file for you.

This was first published in January 2007

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