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Oracle 9i lock file (lkDBNAME) [message #225660] Tue, 20 March 2007 15:08 Go to next message
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Registered: January 2007
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Could you please give me some info on the $ORACLE_HOME/dbs/lkDBNAME ?
What is it used for? can we delete it or rename it?
Is it created automatically by the Oracle Instance upon startup?
What happens if the Instance is shut down?

Re: Oracle 9i lock file (lkDBNAME) [message #225661 is a reply to message #225660] Tue, 20 March 2007 15:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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It's Oracle internal.
Don't touch it.
Just ignore it.

Re: Oracle 9i lock file (lkDBNAME) [message #225857 is a reply to message #225661] Wed, 21 March 2007 14:29 Go to previous message
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Registered: March 2007
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the lk<dbname> file is used for locking shared memory and was introduced in 7.3.x by stop corrupting the database by opening it. The file remains if the database was not shutdown properly
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