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error initializing 11.70.FC9

Date: Friday, 15 December 2017, at 6:14 p.m.

IDS 11.70.FC9

I did a standard installation (as root) of 11.70.FC9 in a separate directory on our test server. In the past, I have always set up a quick test instance anytime I install a new version, load the stores7 database, and run a few SQL statements to make sure everything looks OK before I try to upgrade any existing instances. This time, I'm having a problem doing that.

I copied onconfig.std to a new file, edited the new onconfig file to set up the test instance, and edited the sqlhosts file to create a shared memory connection to the new instance. I have set INFORMIXDIR, INFORMIXSERVER, INFORMIXSQLHOSTS, and ONCONFIG environment variables. Since this is a quick-and-dirty sanity check, I set it up to use cooked files, and I created the directory and file specified in ROOTPATH, and set the directory permissions to 770, file permissions to 660, owner informix:informix for both directory and file. ROOTSIZE is set to 400000, and the filesystem shows that it has 3071864 free Kb, so space shouldn't be an issue.

When I run 'oninit -i' to create this test instance, I get:

informix> oninit -i

This action will initialize IBM Informix Dynamic Server;
any existing IBM Informix Dynamic Server databases will NOT be accessible -
Do you wish to continue (y/n)? y
Cannot find message file. Check INFORMIXDIR and DBLANG.
WARNING: server initialization failed, or possibly timed out (if -w was used).
Check the message log, online.log, for errors.

As I said earlier, I have set INFORMIXDIR to point to the new installation directory. I have confirmed that there are *.iem files in $INFORMIXDIR/msg/en_us/0333. I have tried this with DBLANG unset and also with it set to $INFORMIXDIR/msg/en_us/0333.

Looking in the online.log file, I see:

17:26:00 IBM Informix Dynamic Server Started.
17:26:00 Segment locked: addr=c000000004000000, size=120606720

Fri Dec 15 17:26:00 2017

17:26:00 Event alarms enabled. ALARMPROG = '/test_ifmx/IDS11.70.FC9/etc/'

There are no messages in the file specified by CONSOLE.

I see another file $INFORMIXDIR/tmp/startup.test_instance, which contains:

<PGI> 24461
Reading configuration file '/test_ifmx/IDS11.70.FC9/etc/onconfig.test_instance'...succeeded
Creating /INFORMIXTMP/.infxdirs...succeeded
Checking config parameters...succeeded
Allocating and attaching to shared memory...succeeded
Creating resident pool 15928 kbytes...succeeded
Allocating 100016 kbytes for buffer pool of 2K page size...succeeded
Creating infos file "/test_ifmx/IDS11.70.FC9/etc/.infos.test_instance"...succeeded
Linking conf file "/test_ifmx/IDS11.70.FC9/etc/.conf.test_instance"...succeeded
Initializing rhead structure...succeeded
Writing to infos file...succeeded
Initialization of Encryption...succeeded
Initializing ASF...succeeded
Initializing Dictionary Cache and SPL Routine Cache...FAILED

The values for Dictionary Cache were not changed from the defaults in onconfig.std. I don't see a section in the onconfig related to SPL Routine Cache, but the SQL Statement Cache section also matches the defaults in onconfig.std. The only other "cache" I see in onconfig is the Sequence Cache, which also has not been changed.

I was going to include the full onconfig file for this test instance, but when I clicked Post Message, it said the message was too long. Please let me know if you want to see any specific entries from onconfig.

Any suggestions very much appreciated.

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