Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Job Scheduler Configuration Problem Resolution for Solaris

Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g is a powerful tool that comes with many administrative features which make database management much more simpler.
It has an inbuilt job scheduler that lets you schedule jobs. Its not a very feature rich scheduler but still does quite a lot considering the fact that it is free with Oracle's License.

I am outlining a configuration problem that may save some time to diagnose:
If a shell script or a Java program is executed using OEM under the credentials of a user who doesnt belong to the Oracle user group on Solaris, it fails with the following error:

Shell script :

/bin/sh: cannot determine current directory

shell-init: could not get current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: Permission denied

Java Proram :

Error occurred during initialization of VM
java.lang.Error: Properties init: Could not determine current working directory

This is due to permission lacking on the directory where the OEM agent is installed

Check the permissions on this directory.
drwxr-x--- 6 oracle dba 512 May 12 13:40 emd

Change the permissions to
drwxr-xr-x 6 oracle dba 512 May 12 13:40 emd

I believe that OEM's working directory is the above location and since the underlying user doesnt have access to this directory, hence all the programs error out.