23/09/2016

[PL/SQL] existing state of package has been invalidated error

After compiling Oracle packages, it is possible to get a "existing state of packages has been discarded" or "existing state of package has been invalidated" error.

The cause is usually a global variable or constant declared in the package or package body that is re-initialized after the compilation action. The error is thrown to avoid having programs read the wrong state (variable/constant) of the package.

The easiest way to solve this issue is to simply disconnect the session and reconnect.

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