Integrity constraint - parent key not found

When I tried to enable constraint after disabling it, I got integrity constraint - parent key not found error.

Select owner, constraint_name, constraint_type, table_name, R_owner, R_constraint_name, status
from user_constraints where table_name = 'My_Table';

I got under R_constraint_name (called MySteps_PK) status is DISABLED. So, I did the following query for constraint named

Select owner, constraint_name, constraint_type, table_name, R_owner, R_constraint_name, status
from user_constraints where table_name = 'MySteps' and I see all the constraints including MySteps_PK status are ENABLED.

How do I enable MySteps_PK in My_Table?
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
Looks like you have a foreign key constraint and data violating it.

If I read this right you have rows in my_steps as a foreign key that aren't in my_table as the primary key?

I might have the tables backwards but it definitely a data issue.  MySteps_pk can be enabled but the foreign key to my_table cannot be enabled because of the data.

You can kind of see what you describe in the following test case:
drop table tab1 purge;
drop table tab2 purge;

create table tab1(col1 char(1), constraint tab1_pk primary key(col1));
create table tab2(col1, constraint tab2_fk foreign key (col1) references tab1(col1) INITIALLY DEFERRED DEFERRABLE);

insert into tab2 values('a');

alter table tab2 enable constraint tab2_fk;

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I cannot enable the constraint because the 'a' isn't in tab1.
johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
What I would do is create an EXCEPTIONS table.  That can be done with the supplied script @?/rdbms/admin/utlexcpt

Then enable the constraint with EXCEPTIONS INTO EXCEPTIONS added to the end of the command.  The constraint will fail.  But, this time there will be records in the EXCEPTIONS table that will contain the ROWIDs of the records that violate the constraint.  These are the records that need to be added to the parent table.

The documentation -> has an example of this exact case.  It is :
ALTER TABLE employees
   EXCEPTIONS INTO exceptions;

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You just need to put in the name of  your table and the name of the constraint.

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