sqlplus connect <sys>/<pwd>
grant execute on utl_file to <user>
connect <user>/<pwd>
DESC utl_file

then i get: ORA-24372: invalid object for describe

How can I access to UTL_FIL from other users in 11g xe? I already tried with public as well


The grant worked just fine. You can't DESC a package or procedure, which is why you're getting an error.

Documentation for UTL_FILE is here. It provides sample PL/SQL that shows you how to use the package.

A short code snippet that sums up its functionality is here.

  • why if I do it under SYS I can DESC it? Also in can desc it in the full version of 11g
    – Edu
    Apr 11 '13 at 8:21
  • @Edu is correct, his example can be successfully reproduced in my 11gR2 Enterprise environment, including DESC.
    – YasirA
    Apr 11 '13 at 8:46

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