Trying to load manually on Linux and it fails with an MDB error

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  • 06-Dec-2006
  • 26-Apr-2012


Novell eDirectory 8.8.1 for Linux
Novell eDirectory 8.8 for Linux
Novell Audit 2.0.2
Novell Audit 2.0.1
Novell Audit 2.0.0
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

Situation will fail to load because MDB is unable to load.
Failed to load any MDB driver
Error: Could not load driver /usr/lib/mdb/, error 2
/usr/lib/mdb/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Error: Could not load driver /usr/lib/mdb/, error 9 -
/usr/lib/mdb/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
ERROR: Unable to load MDB. Please ensure that your environment variable(s) are configured properly as per the Novell eDirectory installation instructions.


1.) In order to get Auditext to run and in turn mdb to run, you need to export eDirectory's nds path. To export the environment variables, please do the following
. /opt/novell/eDirectory/bin/ndspath
Please note that there is a space between the period (.) and the first slash (/). So it is dot (.) space ( ) slash (/). Once you export the ndspath environment variables, then you will be able to successfully run
2.) If you have multiple NICs installed on your server and eDirectory is only listening to one IP address, then please use an mdb.conf file. Please search the Knowledgebase for mdb.conf to find the proper syntax.
3.) eDirectory and TCP/IP port 524: The module looks for eDirectory to be present on TCP port 524. If TCP port 524 is not open, then will fail to load. eDirectory can be present on the server, but if eDirectory was installed as a non-root user, then eDirectory will not be listening on port 524. Novell Audit does not support eDirectory when it is installed as a non-root user. To fix the problem, please make sure that eDirectory is installed by root and that port 524 is open and is being listened to by eDirectory.