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When a password with Oracle-supported special characters is used in the ArcSDE for Oracle Post Installation wizard, the ArcSDE installation fails with the following error:
"Invalid DBA password (-93)".
Oracle supports the following special characters in the user password; however, these must be entered using double quotation marks if used in ArcSDE passwords:
Minus sign (-)
Single quotation mark (')
Exclamation point (!)
Pound symbol (£)
Dollar sign ($)
This is a known issue.
To workaround this issue, add double quotation marks around the ArcSDE password that contains special characters, for example, "sde/sde".
The At sign (@) is not supported in the SDE user password, because ArcSDE interprets the substring after the first @ as the net service name.