I'm trying to do an impdp on a Amazon RDS Oracle instance using DBMS_DATAPUMP.

I'm following the steps described in the Amazon RDS guide (Importing Data into Oracle on Amazon RDS).

I've already copied successfully the dmp to the RDS instances.

This is my impdp job executed with awssys user:

hdnl NUMBER;
hdnl := DBMS_DATAPUMP.OPEN( operation => 'IMPORT', job_mode => 'SCHEMA', job_name=>null);
DBMS_DATAPUMP.ADD_FILE( handle => hdnl, filename => '20180618_my_copied.dmp', directory => 'DATA_PUMP_DIR', filetype => dbms_datapump.ku$_file_type_dump_file);

I can't understand the meaning of the error displayed:

ORA-39002: operazione non valida
ORA-06512: a "SYS.DBMS_DATAPUMP", line 6224
ORA-06512: a line 7
39002. 00000 -  "invalid operation"
*Cause:    The current API cannot be executed because of inconsistencies
           between the API and the current definition of the job.
           Subsequent messages supplied by DBMS_DATAPUMP.GET_STATUS
           will further describe the error.
*Action:   Modify the API call to be consistent with the current job or
           redefine the job in a manner that will support the specified API.

This is the version of the source DB:

Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
PL/SQL Release - Production
"CORE  Production"
TNS for Linux: Version - Production
NLSRTL Version - Production

This is the version of Amazon RDS instance:

Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition Release - 64bit Production
PL/SQL Release - Production
"CORE  Production"
TNS for Linux: Version - Production
NLSRTL Version - Production

EDIT: I've added version=COMPATIBLE to both the expdp command and DBMS_DATAPUMP options but error remains.

expdp system@source_db version=COMPATIBLE dumpfile=20180618_my.dmp logfile=20180618_my.log directory=DATA_PUMP_DIR CONSISTENT=Y  SCHEMAS=MYSCHEMA,MYSCHEMA2,MYSCHEMA3,MYSCHEMA4

2 Answers 2


Your versions differ between source and destination.

hdnl := DBMS_DATAPUMP.OPEN( operation => 'IMPORT', job_mode => 'SCHEMA', job_name=>null, version=>'COMPATIBLE');

Oh, the bad news: you need this for the expdp too.

  • Oracle docs say that VERSION=COMPATIBLE is the default value on expdp or I misunderstood ?
    – sgargel
    Jun 18, 2018 at 12:20
  • It's what someone with plenty of experience expdp'ing an impdp'ing told me. But the manual agrees with you. So, you should use version=>'12' when exporting: "Specify a value of 12 to allow all existing database features, components, and options to be exported from Oracle Database 11g release 2 ( or later into an Oracle Database 12 c Release 1 (12.1)" cfr docs.oracle.com/database/121/ARPLS/d_datpmp.htm#ARPLS66053 Jun 18, 2018 at 13:14
  • This is intresting: Export: Release - Production on Lun Giu 18 15:19:49 2018 UDE-00018: Client Data Pump incompatibile con la versione di database and doing the same on the expdp11 Export: Release - Production on Mon Jun 18 13:19:14 2018 Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options ORA-39001: invalid argument value ORA-39023: Version 12 is not supported.
    – sgargel
    Jun 18, 2018 at 13:20
  • Oracle's manuals used to be of very good quality. But I see now: in the manual. Jun 18, 2018 at 13:23
  • I saw... i think 11.2.0. 1 is the problem.
    – sgargel
    Jun 18, 2018 at 13:36

After many tries I found this way:

  1. Running expdp with version=11.2 parameter set.
  2. Copy with DBMS_FILE_TRANSFER.PUT_FILE the dmp to the RDS Instance
  3. Running impdp with version=11.2 parameter set from the 11.2 machine.

This causes:

Connected to: Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition Release - 64bit Production
ORA-39002: invalid operation
ORA-39068: invalid master table data in row with PROCESS_ORDER=-1
ORA-01403: no data found

Following ORACLE support IMPDP Raises ORA-39068: Invalid Master Table Data In Row With PROCESS_ORDER=-1 And ORA-1403 (Doc ID 1556555.1) I successfully deleted the DUAL in excess.

SELECT owner, object_name, object_type, status
FROM dba_objects
WHERE object_name = 'DUAL'

---------- ----------- ----------- -------------
SYS        DUAL        TABLE       VALID
AWSSYS     DUAL        TABLE       VALID


By repeating step 3 impdp now works without problems.

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