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Database Administration
Reference : Database Startup Parameters : Alphabetical listing of database startup parameters : Prompt for Passphrase (-Passphrase)
Prompt for Passphrase (-Passphrase)
Operating system and syntax
UNIX / Windows
Use with
Maximum value
Minimum value
Single-user default
Multi-user default
Use Prompt for Passphrase (-Passphrase) to open an encryption-enabled database that is configured for manual start, or to override the autostart passphrase configuration.
Database utilities and servers indicate that they require a prompt for key store authentication by adding Prompt for Passphrase (-Passphrase) to the command line. Prompt for Passphrase prompts for the passphrase. If you cannot successfully authenticate the key store, you will not be able to open to the database.
For more information on Key Store Passphrase, and Transparent Data Encryption in general, see Transparent Data Encryption.