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Error message MCH3602 running 'CALL PGM(SAPDV6UPG/R3UPCHGJRN)

Hello Group,

We are in phase MAIN_UPTRANS/STARTSAP_PUPG after downtime from an ECC EHP4 upgrade to EHP7 on SAP on iseries.

However, the upgrade has stopped when trying to start the SAP system for the final time. We are receiving the following error so seems to be an issue with journals ahead of starting the SAP system.

Last error code set: SAPupdbdb4.c:1014: Error message MCH3602 running 'CALL PGM(SAPDV6UPG/R3UPCHGJRN) PARM('R3DV6DATA' 'QSQJRN' 'R3DV6JRN' 'QSQJRN0004' '*NO')'.

I can see from searches MCH3602 means "Pointer not valid for requested operation" but this is not helping resolve.

Has anyone come across this before ? Any help would be much appreciated. We have raised SAP message 329643 for those with access, but I thought

I would try this group as well.

Best regards,


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    Sep 23, 2016 at 02:07 PM

    Hello Group,

    Just to follow up that SAP helped move past the upgrade issue with journals, but we do not have an explanation why this did not work. Below is the response from SAP

    I could not catch the reason for the MCH3602 error since it simply did not occurred when the debug version was used. I will try to recreate it with an SAP in house system by using the SUM SP17 you currently have with the same upgrade path. It's not the first time I found that debug program versions hide pointer issues somehow... Fixing such issues is time consuming but possible.

    Best regards,


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    • Hi Steven,

      first of all, very good, that your issue got solved really quick ;-))

      But, this sounds like a translator bug ;-((

      ... really ugly thing ...

      good luck,


      Volker Gueldenpfennig, consolut international ag

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 08:59 AM

    Hi Steven,

    obviously, you are using the option of turning off archiving during downtime. I would recommend for further upgrades, to not use this option, as it doesn't make any sense ... the biggest part of the JRNRCVs is created during uptime anyway ...

    I would try the following:

    Change the journals to delete no manually and try again ... If you did this already, delete all receivers except the last one and turn back to autodelete and try to repeat with this ...

    for your futire upgrades, this should never hurt you, as this coding wil be skipped because of the different settings in the beginning.

    good luck,


    Volker Gueldenpfennig, consolut international ag

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  • Sep 22, 2016 at 09:01 AM


    Do you have the last PTF applied? We performed the same upgrade and experienced some similar errors that were solved applying them.

    It looks like a typical support response but we have had to open a message with IBM in order to solve it



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