ORA-38709: Recovery Area is not enabled.


Sometimes You can get “ORA-38709: Recovery Area is not enabled.  ” error.


Details of error are as follows.

ORA-38709: Recovery Area is not enabled.
Cause: An ALTER DATABASE FLASHBACK ON command failed because the Recovery Area was not enabled.
Action: Set DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST to a location and retry.
SQL> alter database flashback on;
alter database flashback on
ERROR at line 1:
ORA38706: Cannot turn on FLASHBACK DATABASE logging.
ORA38709: Recovery Area is not enabled.


To solve this error , you need to firstly set the db_recovery_file_dest_size parameter, then set db_recovery_file_dest parameter.


SQL> alter system set db_recovery_file_dest_size=50G scope=both sid='*';

System altered.

SQL> alter system set db_recovery_file_dest='+DATA' scope=both sid='*';

System altered.


Now try to enable flashback as follows.


SQL> alter database flashback on;

Database altered.

SQL> select flashback_on from v$database;



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