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Why does oslevel command generate cache return code 228

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Running AIX 6.1 on a P6 system, the oslevel command returns:

oslevel: Error processing cache, return code 228.
oslevel: Use the -f flag to rebuild cache.

The /tmp/.oslevel* files have been removed (IBM suggested solution) but this doesn't fix it.  I have several other, almost identical, systems that do not exhibit this behavior.
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by:Kent Olsen
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Hi sjpetrov,

Believe it or not, this is probably a permissions problem.  At least I know that this could happen with AIX 5.x.

Check the permissions on the mlcache file

  ls -l /usr/bin/rm_mlcache_file


They should be -r-sr-xr-x

If not, then

chmod 4555 /usr/bin/rm_mlcache_file


That should fix it.


Good Luck,
Kent
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by:sjpetrov
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That was the first thing we checked and we had the correct settings.  Sorry I didn't mention that in the original post.
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by:Kent Olsen
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Oh, man...   You're no fun.....  :)

Let me ask around.  I've not seen any other cause for this.


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by:dfke
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Also check if the owner of the file is root and if not then :

chown root /usr/bin/rm_mlcache_file

/usr/bin/rm_mlcache_file must have root privileges to perform its task. Setting the s as shown gives the executable the privileges of its owner, which must be root in this case. Then the non-root user can run oslevel and get back a valid result.
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by:sjpetrov
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It was already owned by root.
I compared several good systems to our bad system and nothing really jumped out.  I looked at lslpp output, contents of /usr/bin and /usr/sbin, tuneables and running processes.  These systems were all cloned at the same time, from the same image, so it just doesn't make sense.
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by:Kent Olsen
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What is the device / device type under the file?

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by:sjpetrov
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I don't understand your question.  Can you send the command I need to type to get you this information?
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You'd mentioned that all 3 systems were cloned from the same image.  I'm wondering if there may be an access issue to the file system or device where the cache file resides.


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System Admin is planning on rebuilding the machine to see if that solves the problem.
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