How can I increase SGA_MAX_SIZE in Oracle ? I got the error "ORA-03113: end-of-file on communication channel" during startup. Please help me with the steps to increase the SGA. I'm connected to Oracle9i Enterprise Edition Release (Production) with the partitioning option.
SQL> connect sys as sysdba
Enter password: ******
SQL> show sga;

Total System Global Area  147615836 bytes
Fixed Size                   282716 bytes
Variable Size             113246208 bytes
Database Buffers           33554432 bytes
Redo Buffers                 532480 bytes
SQL> show parameter spfile

NAME                                 TYPE        VALUE
------------------------------------ -----------
spfile                               string
SQL> create pfile from spfile;

File created.

SQL> alter system set sga_max_size=20m scope=spfile;

System altered.

SQL> shutdown immediate;
Database closed.
Database dismounted.
ORACLE instance shut down.
SQL> startup
ORA-03113: end-of-file on communication channel

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Increase the Oracle SGA_MAX_SIZE setting in your pfile that you created from your spfile. Then in SQL*Plus start up the database using that pfile as follows.
Startup pfile=/u00/oracle/admin/ora/pfile/init.ora
Then re-create your spfile.
Create spfile=/u00/oracle/admin/ora/pfile/spfile.ora 
  from pfile==/u00/oracle/admin/ora/pfile/init.ora 

For more information on SGA_MAX_SIZE in Oracle :
Database fully utilized with hang

This was first published in May 2007

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