Solved – Why was ORA-12537: TNS:connection closed, error returned?

When trying to establish a sqlplus connection to the database, I get the “ORA-12537: TNS:connection closed” error message. How do I resolve this?

On using a tns alias and connecitng to sqlplus I saw the following error.

    SQL> conn [email protected]
    ORA-12537: TNS connection closed

In the listener log I see this message.

    TNS-12518: TNS:listener could not hand off client connection
    TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
    TNS-00517: Lost contact
    TNS-12547: TNS:lost contact


According to the oerr utility the ORA error could be due to:

    12537, 00000, “TNS:connection closed”
    “End of file” condition has been reached; partner has disconnected.

This error could be due to a multiple of reasons.

Reason 1
In a RAC environment for a database which was migrated to a RAC instance, the REMOTE_LISTENER is incorrectly set.

During failover of a service which is configured to use TAF, the connections connected to this service will hang. After the timeout you will get the ORA-12537 error before disconnection.

You will also find more details in the SCAN listener log.

To verify and correct this, first find the RAC cluster name.

    dbtest>cemutlo -n

Then verify the REMOTE_LISTENER value in the Database.

    sqlplus> show parameter REMOTE_LISTENER

Here the REMOTE_LISTENER is incorrectly set to the hostname instead of the cluster name. Correct this value to use the cluster SCAN name.

    alter system set REMOTE_LISTENER=’db1-clust:1521′ scope=both sid=dbtest1′;

The session should now failover without disconnecting.

Reason 2
If the VIP name is being used for the LOCAL_LISTENER then the Fully Qualified Network Name (FQDN) should be used. Alternatively the VIP IP can be used instead. See Oracle Metalink Doc ID 970619.1

    SQL> alter system set local_listener='(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS_LIST=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(’ service_name=’EQ2′;


    SQL> alter system set local_listener='(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS_LIST=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=’ service_name=’EQ2′;

Reason 3
The Listener process can’t access Oracle binaries in the Database home. The Grid home is installed as a different user than the owner of the Oracle Database binaries. You may find more details in the SCAN listener log for this issue as well.

As the owner of the listener process verify that Oracle Database Binary home can be accessed from the listener home.

    ls -l $ORACLE_HOME/bin/oracle

Reason 4
If the home was cloned or moved at the OS level the Oracle Home binaries need to be relinked.

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