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what is the purpose of SPFILEXE.ORA? I often come across it when surfing the web.

BTW: It is encrypted as binary in 10g XE?

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an spfile is a binary format pfile basically (it's a bit more complex than that). It's usually created using alter system commands. One name "spfilexe.ora" is probably for a DB with the SID of XE (a default if you're using oracle 10 xe out of the box and ask it to create an instance for you if i recall).

For more on pfile vs spfile:

http://www.dba-oracle.com/concepts/pfile%5Fspfile.htm

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