Boy do I feel like a big dummy! :-) I remember thinking of that when I first encountered the problem, but I got side tracked and forgot to verify the permissions on the directory. Just checked and sure enough that was the problem. Solution: sudo chown oracle:dba /newdir Thanks Luis! -----Original Message----- From: Luis Fernando Cerri [mailto:lcerri@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 4:47 PM To: Allen, Brandon Subject: RE: alter system set user_dump_dest='/newdir' not working Hi, Allen. Just thought it is a access privilege on directory at OS level. Have you checked if the user who owns the Oracle bins has privilege to write on the /newdir directory? Best regards, Luis Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message or attachments hereto. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of this company shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.