I have created a database (8.1.6) on WindowsNT, and I have BACKGROUND_DUMP_DEST set to c:\oracle\admin\vpdev\bdump in the initVPDEV.ora file.
However, there is no ALERT file there - Oracle does not seem to write one to this directory. Am i missing something that i need to set?
Please help - this has never happened before.
just to double-check (that the correct init file is in use) try this --
select value from v$parameter where name = 'background_dump_dest';
If this still points to the directory you mentioned above then --
Try to do a log switch (so that it writes to the Alert file) --
alter system switch logfile;
and then search for the recently modified files on NT
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