I have relied on oerr to quickly find the meaning of error messages (ORA-, TNS-, RMAN-) on UNIX and Linux for decades.

How annoying that Oracle on Windows doesn’t provide this functionality!  Sure, I can use the error documentation, or SQLCL (oerr is built in), but it wastes time.

I downloaded Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2.0) for Microsoft Windows (x64), and found oerr now exists, but the message files don’t!

There is an easy solution: OERR on Windows and Oracle 12.1

Update

Oracle 12.2 has a working OERR executable, but it is poorly designed.

See OERR 12.2 on Windows

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