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ORA-00406 error when creating tablespace

When I tried to create a tablespace, Oracle gave me this error: "ORA-00406: COMPATIBLE parameter needs to be 9.0.1.3.0 or greater." I have changed the COMPATIBLE entry in my init*.ora file in the pfile subfolder. Then I restarted the database. However, the error is displayed anyway.

When I tried to create a tablespace, Oracle gave me this error: "ORA-00406: COMPATIBLE parameter needs to be 9.0.1.3.0 or greater." My Oracle version is Oracle9i Enterprise Edition 9.2.0.6.0. I have changed the COMPATIBLE entry in my init*.ora file in the pfile subfolder. Then I restarted the database. However, the error is displayed anyway. I repeated the restart three times with no success. What can I do to solve this?

Is it possible that your Oracle9i database is started with a SPFILE instead of a PFILE? If so, then changing your PFILE will not matter as Oracle is reading the SPFILE on startup instead. To find out if a SPFILE is user, do the following in SQL*Plus:

SHOW PARAMETER SPFILE

The returned value will point to the SPFILE. If no value is returned, then a PFILE is being used.

If a SPFILE is being used, then change the COMPATIBLE parameter as follows:

ALTER SYSTEM SET compatible=9.2.0.6 SCOPE=SPFILE;

Then restart the database.

If you are truly using a PFILE, then Oracle may be using a different PFILE than the one your are modifying. Next time, start up the database and explicitly point to your PFILE with the "PFILE=/path/filename" parameter on your STARTUP command.

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