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IBM Security Host Protection for Linux install script can fail before displaying license agreement

Technote (troubleshooting)


In certain configurations, the installation script for IBM Security Host Protection for Linux can fail with no error message, even before displaying the End User License Agreement (EULA).


Running the script fails during startup, for example:

[root@host tmp]# ./psl-
Starting agent installation
Installation is reading files, this may take a few seconds
[root@host tmp]# _


This behavior can be seen if the directory /var/tmp is a link "pointing at" /tmp.

Diagnosing the problem

Use the ls command to determine if the directory containing the installation shell script is a symbolic link (symlink) to /tmp. For example:

[root@host tmp]# pwd
[root@host tmp]# cd ..
[root@host var]# ls -al
total nnn
drwxr-xr-x 21 root root 4096 Sep 5 18:06 .
drwxr-xr-x 24 root root 4096 Aug 21 13:40 ..
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 Sep 5 18:06 tmp -> /tmp
[root@host var]# _

Resolving the problem

Ensure that /var/tmp is not a symlink to /tmp.

Document information

More support for: IBM Security Host Protection
Proventia Server

Software version: 1.0.0, 1.5.0, 1.5.2

Operating system(s): Linux

Reference #: 1611194

Modified date: 2012-12-20