Tuesday, November 20, 2007


“Oracle error: ORA-00020: maximum number of processes exceeded”

This error messages indicates that the max number of processes set by the processes parameter is reached. You can check the number of processes in a Oracle database by executing the following SQL query:

select count(1) from v$process

This will return you the current number of processes, to check the maximum number of processes you will have to check the parameter set by executing the following command:


If you feel that this number is to low you will have to change it which can be done by executing the following command:

alter system set PROCESSES=600 scope=SPFILE;

600 is the new value of the processes parameter. For more information about the alter system options and alike check this website.

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