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ORA-02289: sequence does not exist

Posted on 2011-02-24
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I've inherited another developer's code and this query:

select id_seq.nextval from dual

Is causing this error:

ORA-02289: sequence does not exist
02289. 00000 -  "sequence does not exist"
*Cause:    The specified sequence does not exist, or the user does
           not have the required privilege to perform this operation.
*Action:   Make sure the sequence name is correct, and that you have
           the right to perform the desired operation on this sequence.
Error at Line: 1 Column: 7

I'm pretty sure the user has the required privileges to run this query. How can I fix this?

Thanks.
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Question by:greddin
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3 possibilities

the sequence really does not exist   - check dba_sequences
the user you are using doesn't have privileges   -check dba_tab_privs
a synonym pointing to the sequence doesn't exist  - check dba_synonyms
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it must be at least 1 of those 3.

When looking for existence, check for misspellings including possible case sensitivity.

For example did somebody create the sequence as "id_seq"  instead of id_seq?  
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by:greddin
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Thanks, do I need to use a system user to access and view these dba_sequences, dba_tab_privs, and dba_synonyms tables?

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you will need to have privileges to read those,  doesn't necessarily mean SYSTEM or other DBA users though.


you can try using the "ALL_" versions instead of "DBA_" versions of the views, but, those are based on permissions.  So, if you don't have permission to read the object then you won't see them in the ALL_ views either, thus giving a false-negative.

If you don't have permission yourself, ask have to ask your DBA or another privileged user to do it for you.
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The sequence didn't exist on this database yet. DBA migrated them over now and all is good.

Thanks for your help.
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