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Oracle refuses to load db

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While removing rows from a 19.2M-row table in Oracle 8.1.6 yesterday, in batches of about 300k rows at a time, the system suddenly froze and has been unresponsive since.  We've tried many different things we've found online and sometimes we'll get past one error message only to get to another.  I don't expect this to be an easy one, so 500 points.  Plus, it's for a very large website with about a million hits per day, so urgency it's quite urgent; I'm sure I'm getting cussed out a million times a day.

I expect this to be multi-step.  If you can get me past one error message, I'm likely to get another.

And there is no cold backup.

Current error situation:

SQL> alter database open resetlogs;
alter database open resetlogs
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01245: offline file 21 will be lost if RESETLOGS is done
ORA-01110: data file 21: '/u07/oradata/msg/big_rbs01.dbf'

SQL> recover database until cancel;
ORA-00279: change 6898137434 generated at 03/25/2004 11:49:04 needed for thread
1
ORA-00289: suggestion : /export/oracle/product/8.1.6/dbs/arch1_1.dbf
ORA-00280: change 6898137434 for thread 1 is in sequence #1

Specify log: {<RET>=suggested | filename | AUTO | CANCEL}

There's no such thing as arch1_1.dbf on this system, so what happens when I hit <RET> is predictable:

ORA-00308: cannot open archived log
'/export/oracle/product/8.1.6/dbs/arch1_1.dbf'
ORA-27037: unable to obtain file status
SVR4 Error: 2: No such file or directory
Additional information: 3


ORA-01547: warning: RECOVER succeeded but OPEN RESETLOGS would get error below
ORA-01194: file 1 needs more recovery to be consistent
ORA-01110: data file 1: '/u02/oradata/msg/system01.dbf'


And let me backtrack just a bit to be sure I'm covering as many questions as possible right upfront.

oracle@oramsg<msg>$ sqlplus internal

SQL*Plus: Release 8.1.6.0.0 - Production on Thu Mar 25 12:39:44 2004

(c) Copyright 1999 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.


Connected to:
Oracle8i Enterprise Edition Release 8.1.6.1.0 - Production
With the Partitioning option
JServer Release 8.1.6.1.0 - Production

SQL> startup mount;
ORA-01081: cannot start already-running ORACLE - shut it down first
SQL> shutdown
ORA-01109: database not open


Database dismounted.
ORACLE instance shut down.
SQL> startup mount;
ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area  634404848 bytes
Fixed Size                    69616 bytes
Variable Size             141750272 bytes
Database Buffers          491520000 bytes
Redo Buffers                1064960 bytes
Database mounted.
SQL>

Looks peachy, eh?

SQL> select * from msg_user where userid=4591117;
select * from msg_user where userid=4591117
              *
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01219: database not open: queries allowed on fixed tables/views only

Okay, not peachy.

And if I try to log in as the correct user instead of internal:

oracle@oramsg<msg>$ sqlplus message@msg

SQL*Plus: Release 8.1.6.0.0 - Production on Thu Mar 25 12:42:19 2004

(c) Copyright 1999 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Enter password:
ERROR:
ORA-01033: ORACLE initialization or shutdown in progress


Enter user-name:

This is running on a Sun/Solaris box and if we try to use the W2K Enterprise Manager, we get the same 01033 error.
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