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Software Provisioning Manager SP21, Unsupported Distro

With the Fiori (?) / Browser based SWPM Sp21 I'm not able to install my playground systems on CentOS anymore.

Directly after starting the manager I'm getting the following warning:

With the old Java based SWPM I was always able to ignore such warnings. But here there's just a cancel button, which (obviously) cancels the installation.

Is there a workaround (modifying some XMLs or something) so the installation would accept CentOS? Or is it possible to connect the Java Gui (./sapinstgui) to the new SWPM?

Any ideas?

Cheers, Uwe (aka @se38)

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  • Best Answer
    Oct 20, 2017 at 02:08 PM


    to enable the old-style GUI mode, please start the sapinst with parameter SAPINST_SLP_MODE=false:

    ./sapinst SAPINST_SLP_MODE=false

    Regarding the issue with CentOS you could give it a try with adding additional parameter SAPINST_SKIP_ERRORSTEP, but this might bring some unexpected results so please be careful :)

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    • Hi

      This does not work starting SP23 as the JAVA GUI is completely disabled. Is there any other way?

      The SAPINST_SKIP_ERRORSTEP=true also doesn't help as it still lands on the unsupported distribution page.

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    May 08, 2018 at 05:16 AM


    I have the same problem. changed temporarly the

    /etc/os-release File and added a /etc/SuSE-release.

    SWPM works!

    p00:/etc # cat SuSE-release
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (x86_64)
    VERSION = 12
    # This file is deprecated and will be removed in a future service pack or release.
    # Please check /etc/os-release for details about this release.
    p00:/etc # cat /etc/os-release
    PRETTY_NAME="SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1"
    p00:/etc #

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  • Oct 19, 2018 at 10:06 PM


    The same behavior for SWPM SP24. On ScienteficLinux(I guess the same for CentOS) change of /etc/os-release is not required. It is enough to add /etc/SuSE-release.



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