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Oracle 11, Change NLS_CHARACTERSET database property when database is down

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Hi there,

I changed my database NLS_CHARACTERSET property to match an export.dmp file so I could import the data and now the database will not startup.  I am getting the error
ERROR: ORA-12705: Cannot access NLS data files or invalid environment specified

How do I change the NLS_CHARACTERSET property of the database when I cannot login to it ?

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Thank-you.
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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My gUess is you never installed the language files that you told Oracle to use.

Set it back to the original setting and you should be OK.

Burleson has a page on getting around this error.  Google that error number and it should be one of the top links.

On mobile right now so I can't find it for you.
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by:jcwiatr
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Hi,   I am trying to set it back but when I try and startup the database to login I am getting the error message.

How do I change it back when I cannot startup/login to the database ?

Cheers

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Create a pfile from spfile, edit it, change the entry theb use startup pfile=your_pfile

Once it starts create a new spfile.

You cannot manually edit a spfile.
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