Error 908 when connecting to a database server

Technote (troubleshooting)


You try to connect to a database server but receive error -908:
-908 Attempt to connect to database server (servername) failed.


-908 Attempt to connect to database server (servername) failed.


  • instance is offline
  • connection information is incorrect
  • various other causes not limited to above list

Diagnosing the problem

  • Run onstat -g to check the instance status.
  • Check your environment variables, ONCONFIG file, setnet32 settings, and sqlhosts to make sure your connectivity related information is consistent and correct.

Resolving the problem

  • Run oninit to bring database server online.
  • Correct connectivity related information; INFORMIXSERVER, port number, hostname, and so on

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More support for:

Informix Servers

Software version:

7.3, 9.4, 10.0, 11.1, 11.5

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, Windows

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