Weird alert log errors

Saw this in one of our server logs this past week.
I have edited out the dups:
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Fri Jan 20 16:06:43 2012
Archived Log entry 43943 added for thread 1 sequence 40114 ID 0x5f1dd5ea dest 1:
Fri Jan 20 16:07:41 2012
Errors in file /oracle/BDE/saptrace/diag/rdbms/bde/BDE/trace/BDE_ora_6688.trc:
ORA-00308: cannot open archived log
'/oracle/BDE/oraarch/BDEarch1_37711_517935416.dbf'
ORA-27037: unable to obtain file status
HPUX-ia64 Error: 2: No such file or directory
Additional information: 3
Fri Jan 20 16:08:16 2012
Errors in file /oracle/BDE/saptrace/diag/rdbms/bde/BDE/trace/BDE_ora_6688.trc:
ORA-00308: cannot open archived log
'/oracle/BDE/oraarch/BDEarch1_37711_517935416.dbf'
ORA-27037: unable to obtain file status
HPUX-ia64 Error: 2: No such file or directory
Additional information: 3
Non critical error ORA-48913 caught while writing to trace file
"/oracle/BDE/saptrace/diag
/rdbms/bde/BDE/trace/BDE_ora_6688.trc"
Error message: ORA-48913: Writing into trace file failed, file size limit
[20480000] reached
Writing to the above trace file is disabled for now on...
Fri Jan 20 16:11:46 2012
Completed checkpoint up to RBA [0x9cb3.2.10], SCN: 41677510828
Fri Jan 20 16:20:27 2012
Beginning log switch checkpoint up to RBA [0x9cb4.2.10], SCN: 41677661976
Thread 1 advanced to log sequence 40116 (LGWR switch)
  Current log# 7 seq# 40116 mem# 0: /oracle/BDE/origlogB/log_g7m1.dbf
  Current log# 7 seq# 40116 mem# 1: /oracle/BDE/mirrlogB/log_g7m2.dbf
Fri Jan 20 16:20:29 2012
Archived Log entry 43944 added for thread
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Why was oracle trying to write to an archive log that was over a month old?
Of course the log file was gone. It had been backed up and deleted weeks ago.

-Vince Laurent
SAP BASIS Support
SSM IHT


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