You have to restart your DB using the spfile, and read the docs. -----Original Message----- From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chirag DBA Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:19 AM To: Marquez, Chris Cc: Oracle-L Freelists Subject: Re: Unable to create SPFILE. I have started with pfile, by changing audit_trail=DB. startup pfile='file name'. show parameter audit. audit_trail=DB create spfile='location' from pfile; File created..!! but when see the spfile, *.audit_trail='OS'; I was thinking that while you do the create spfile, it is creating a binary copy of pfile matching exactly with pfile. but this is something unexpected I am getting. regards - chirag On 10/12/05, Marquez, Chris <cmarquez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Sorry meant to say; SQL> startup pfile ='/[your changed pfile]'; SQL> show parameter audit SQL> create spfile='.....' from pfile='....'; SQL> shutdown; SQL> startup spfile ='/[your new spfile]'; SQL> show parameter audit If this is a bug or feature this will show it. Chris Marquez Oracle DBA -----Original Message----- From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Marquez, Chris Sent: Wed 10/12/2005 10:06 AM To: chiragdba@xxxxxxxxx ; Oracle-L Freelists Subject: RE: Unable to create SPFILE. You sure you are using the right (default) pfile on startup? do this; SQL> startup; [as you normaly would] SQL> show parameter audit ??? Something got to be a miss on your end...or this would be a scary (documented) bug? Chris Marquez Oracle DBA -----Original Message----- From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Chirag DBA Sent: Wed 10/12/2005 9:45 AM To: Oracle-L Freelists Subject: Unable to create SPFILE. I have started my Database with pfile and now want to create spfile. I am using create spfile='location' from pfile; When I see the audit parameters in pfile, it is AUDIT_TRAIL=DB, but in SPFILE it is showing as AUDIT_TRAIL=OS, set previously but changed now. same with few other parameters. I changed my init file, bounce DB with pfile and now creating spfile. This is 9i with Solaris. regards - chirag This electronic message transmission is a PRIVATE communication which contains information which may be confidential or privileged. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, please be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. Please notify the sender of the delivery error by replying to this message, or notify us by telephone (877-633-2436, ext. 0), and then delete it from your system.