Invalid package error for a valid package! – Revisited

A while back, I wrote this post about the dreaded “existing state of the packages” error when recompiling code that is used in a Workflow process.

There is some degree of official guidance on what you need to do now, contained in Metalink note 754993.1 – “How can you Avoid Bouncing the Database after Changing a WF Package”.  The advice is, to be honest, perhaps a little Draconian and unwieldy, but the guidance from Oracle is that all you need to do is:

  1. Shut down the concurrent managers
  2. Flush the shard pool
  3. Update the package
  4. Restart the concurrent managers

Now, that certainly will do it (so would bouncing the database, though!) – the likelihood of a developer shutting down the managers, then flushing the pool, and THEN compiling their code is probably quite low, though 😀

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