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installation of ERP 6 EHP8 on SLES x86_64 fails, csh environment wrong

Dear experts,

we are trying to install ERP 6 EHP8 ABAP Stack on SLES 12 SP1 x86_64 with SAP HANA SPS121 on it.

After the installation step "create users for SAP System", the user <sapsid>adm is created with the following entry in /etc/passwd

td1adm:x:1001:79:SAP system Administrator:/home/td1adm:/bin_/csh

The installation fails at step "start instance". Central instance can be started, but the processes of the PASI cannot be started (besides IGS). the error message in dev_w0 is undefined variable dbms/type.

When I am trying to become <sapsid>adm via

root#>su - td1adm

I am getting the following prompt

X_MOuSE_CURSOR: Undefined variable


the % sign is supposed to be the shell prompt for csh, what usually would be#

<hostname>:<sapsid>adm <number>>

meaning the shell environment for the user is wrong. After executing

/bin/csh -c "source /home/<sapsid>adm/.cshrc; env

/bin/csh -c "source /home/<sapsid>adm/.dbenv.csh; env

/bin/csh -c "source /home/<sapsid>adm/.sapenv.csh; env

the prompt still stays the same

however, after manually executing


the prompt is right

<hostname>:<sapsid>adm <number>>

but still when trying to start the system via startsap or sapcontrol, the central instance starts, but not the dialog instance, with the same error message in the developer traces regarding parameter dbms/type.

however, environment variable dbms_type is HDB, so it is ok.

The error persists after resetting the installation with a new option and after extracting the newest SAPEXE, SAPEXEDB, R3trans, dw, dw_utils, SAPCRPYTOLIBP, tp, startsap and stopsap .SAR files into the kernel directory

Best regards,

Andreas Loibl

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    Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:15 AM


    Do you have parameter dbms/type set as hdb in DEFAULT profile?



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      hello, thanks for the quick reponse

      no, in DEFAULT.PFL or in any other instance profile the parameter is not set at all. It was neither set by me nor by sapinst. But the ASCS can connect to the database and R3trans -d can connect to the database. Also login via hdbuserstore is functional as well.

      best regards

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