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NICI segfault when installing eDirectory 8.8.2 on an AMD Quad-core processor

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Novell eDirectory 8.8.2 for Linux
Novell eDirectory 8.7.3 for Linux


Error seen during install of eDirectory 8.7.3 SP9 and eDirectory 8.8 SP2 on a AMD Quad-core processor

Starting eDirectory may cause Segmentation fault while bringing up NLDAP. To narrow down if you are facing the same issue as in this TID, try to start the /var/opt/novell/nici/primenici script and see if the following error is displayed

Initializing NICI ... /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.92999: line 23: 11786 Segmentation fault
error: %post(nici-2.7.3-0.01.i386) scriptlet failed, exit status 139
This issue has also been seen after moving a VMWare image to new hardware running a AMD Quad Core processor. 


This issue has been resolved in the following releases:

  • eDirectory 8.8 SP3 (standalone eDirectory)
  • OES2 SP1 (OES2 installs)

Until you can get fully patched to the versions above, you can download the whole eDirectory 8.8.3 install or whole OES2 SP1 install and extract and install the nici rpm for the platform you are running.

Should you need the patch for eDirectory 8.7.3, please contact Novell Technical Services.


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  • Document ID:7000979
  • Creation Date:18-JUL-08
  • Modified Date:26-APR-12
    • NetIQeDirectory

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