Database is shutdown and can’t start it, asking for Undo recovery while dropping Undo tablespace

Dropping a Undo tablespace give message

The UNDOTBS for our RMAN Catalog database was dropped. Any attempts to switch to a newly created UNDOTBS or removing the old UNDOTBS failed with the following error:

ORA-01548: active rollback segment
Undo segment shows status as needs recovery


The issue could happen if the datafile on which the undo segments reside is offline and the transaction cannot be rolled backed since the file is offline


This could also happen if there is any issue in the Undo segment itself


Check if the Undo segment status first

SQL> select segment_name,status,tablespace_name from dba_rollback_segs  where status not in (‘ONLINE’, ‘OFFLINE’) ;

------------    --------------   ----------------

In the above example Undo segment _SYSSMU3$ is in Needs recovery status.
This segment belongs to Undo tablespace UNDO01

Check the status of the datafile present in the tablespace UNDO01

SQL> select status, name, file# from v$datafile where ts# in (Select ts# from v$tablespace where name=’UNDO01′ );

STATUS         NAME                 FILE#
------------   --------------       ----------------
ONLINE         /u01/undo01_01.dbf    56
RECOVER        /u02/undo01_03.dbf    77

So clearly one file is in Recover status

Option A

If the database is in Archive log mode and you have all the required archive log mode you can do the following :-

Find if you have all the required Archive logs on disk or If using Rman ensure they exist in the backup

SQL> Select checkpoint_change# from v$datafile_header where file_id=<file# in Recover status from previous query> ;

Now find these changes are present in which Archive log

SQL> select sequence#,thread#,name from v$archived_log where <checkpoint_change# from query 1> between first_change# and next_change# ;

Ensure you have all the archive logs starting from this sequence# till the current sequence# in your database

For example

SQL> select checkpoint_change#,file#,status from v$datafile_header where file#=77;

------------         -------------- ----------------
2103113              4               OFFLINE 

SQL>Select sequence#,thread#,name from v$archived_log where 2103113 between first_change# and next_change# ;

------------ -------------- ----------------
96           1              /u01/arch/O1_MF_1_96_6OKHP.Arc

 If using rman

Check if the archive log from this sequence till current sequence is available

RMAN> list backup of archivelog from sequence 96;

RMAN> recover datafile 4; ;

RMAN> sql ‘alter database datafile 4 online’ ;

if using sqlplus

Ensure the archive logs are present on disk

SQL> recover datafile 4 ;

Type AUTO and hit enter

Once recovery is done

SQL> alter database datafile 4 online ;

If the archive logs have been restored to a different location than the Default archive log destination your database is using then specify the same using set source command in sqlplus

SQL> set logsource “/u01/arch/newlocation” ;

SQL> recover datafile 4 ;

Type AUTO and hit enter

Once recovery is done

SQL> alter database datafile 4 online ;

 Option B

If your database is in noarchivelog mode than better to open SR with Oracle, if it is test database than you can proceed with below steps

If database database oradata folder size is less or manageable to take its backup while database is shutdown.

Once you took backup of oradata, now you proced for recovery

SQL> select segment_name,status,tablespace_name from dba_rollback_segs where status not in (‘ONLINE’, ‘OFFLINE’) ;

------------ -------------- ---------------- 

 Note: Add the following lines to pfile.



*.event=”10231 trace name context forever, level 10″

*.event=”10233 trace name context forever, level 10″

*._allow_resetlogs_corruption= true



Rename spfile.

Start database with restrict session.

SQL>Startup restrict

Create undo tablespace UNDOTBS2.

SQL> Create undo tablespace undotbs2 datafile ‘/u01/oradata/ocrl/unodtbs02.dbf’ size 1500M;

Make entry in the pfile

Modify the following parameters in pfile and restart the database.



SQL> drop rollback segment “_SYSSMU3$”;

Rollback segment dropped.

SQL> drop tablespace undotbs1;

Tablespace dropped.

SQL> select name from v$tablespace;









6 rows selected.

Now the corrupted UNDO tablespace is droped.

SQL> select * from v$rollname;

Now take database export backup and create new database using dbca and import the database.

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