ORA-15120: ASM file name ‘ORA-27090: Unable to reserve kernel resources f’ does not begin with the ASM prefix character


The customer created 36 databases on the same server and while creating the 37th using dbca got the following error:


fs.aio-max-nr value was set too low in /etc/sysctl.conf. In general, value 3145728 that was set in their case, suits many environments, but if the number of databases on the server increases then this parameter should be adjusted accordingly.


The formula used while calculating the value for this parameter is the following:

aio-max-nr = no of process per DB * no of databases * 4096

In their case, the number of processes per DB was 1000, the number of databases that planned to be created was 80. Based on the above value should be:

aio-max-nr = 327680000
  1. Add/update value in /etc/sysctl.conf:
# vim /etc/sysctl.conf

fs.aio-max-nr = 327680000

2. Run /sbin/sysctl -p to immediately enforce the changes:

# sysctl -p 

Delete already created files and recreate the database, it will succeed this time.

Can fs.aio-max-nr be changed on a live system?

Short answer:

Yes, it can be changed without impacting the business operations.
Oracle source: Doc ID 2269728.1
RHEL source: https://access.redhat.com/solutions/437043

========================Additional information========================

Additional explanation, why you may need to change that value.


Alert log shows:

ORA-27090: Unable to reserve kernel resources for asynchronous disk I/O
Linux-x86_64 Error: 2: No such file or directory
Additional information: 3
Additional information: 128
Additional information: 139817340277512


The problem is caused by a lower than recommended value for aio-max-nr. The current value is 1048576, but recommended is 3145728.


Set fs.aio-max-nr to 3145728 in /etc/sysctl.conf.

# grep fs.aio-max-nr /etc/sysctl.conf
fs.aio-max-nr = 3145728

Make a new value effective:

# sysctl -p  /etc/sysctl.conf

Verify the new value:

# sysctl -a|grep fs.aio-max-nr
fs.aio-max-nr = 3145728