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Thanks everyone for your response on this issue. I was able to identify the problem. Here is what happened. I had a typo in the soft link created between $ORACLE_HOME/dbs to pfile(/dmasdev1/u01/app/oracle/admin/dmasdev1/pfile) directory.

Incorrect link with extra character d: orapwddmasdev1 -> /dmasdev1/u01/app/oracle/admin/dmasdev1/pfile/orapwddmasdev1

Correct link: orapwdmasdev1 -> /dmasdev1/u01/app/oracle/admin/dmasdev1/pfile/orapwdmasdev1

Once I recreated the soft link by removing the extra character d in password file name it resolved the issue.

Ashoke

-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@freelists.org On Behalf Of Norman Dunbar
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 1:32 AM
To: oracle-l@freelists.org
Subject: Re: ORA-01994: GRANT failed: password file missing or disabled

Morning Ashoke,
On 02/05/12 00:58, Mandal, Ashoke wrote:

ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01994: GRANT failed: password file missing or disabled ...
Password file:
UNIX> ls -l
UNIX> /dmasdev1/u01/app/oracle/admin/dmasdev1/pfile/orapwdmasdev1
-rwSr----- 1 oracle oinstall 5120 Apr 30 11:17 /dmasdev1/u01/app/oracle/admin/dmasdev1/pfile/orapwdmasdev1-rwSr----- 1 oracle oinstall 5120 Apr 30 11:17 orapwdmasdev1

The password file, should be in the location $ORACLE_HOME/dbs and should by default be named orapw<SID>. So your database will be masdev1 given the above.

At work, I keep my init<SID>.ora, spfile<SID>.ora and orapw<SID> files in a standard location and sym-link them as follows:

cd /srv/<APP>/oradata/<SID>/pfile
ln -s `pwd`/orapw<SID> $ORACLE_HOME/dbs/orapw<SID>

Obviously replacing <SID> with the appropriate database SID.


HTH

Cheers,
Norm.

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