How to resolve ORA-02270 Error Message in Oracle database

Learn the purpose and how to resolve the ORA-02270 error message in Oracle.


When you encounter an ORA-02270 error, the following error message will appear:

ORA-02270: no matching special or principal key for this column-list


You tried to reference a desk the usage of a unique or most important key, but the columns that you listed did no longer fit the major key, or a principal key does not exist for this table.


The option(s) to resolve this Oracle error are:

Option #1

This error usually occurs when you strive to create a foreign key that references a desk that does not have a major key. To get to the bottom of this problem, create a predominant key on the referenced table. Then re-execute your command to create the overseas key.

For example, if you had tried to execute the following commands.

( supplier_id numeric(10) not null,
  supplier_name varchar2(50) not null,
  contact_name varchar2(50)

( product_id numeric(10) not null,
  supplier_id numeric(10) not null,
  CONSTRAINT fk_supplier
    FOREIGN KEY (supplier_id)
    REFERENCES supplier (supplier_id)

You would receive the following error message:

Since there is no predominant key on the supplier table, you can now not create a foreign key on the merchandise desk that references the supplier table.

You can right this error by including a major key to the dealer desk as follows and then re-execute the CREATE TABLE declaration for the merchandise table:

ALTER TABLE supplier
 ADD CONSTRAINT supplier_pk PRIMARY KEY (supplier_id);