Remote Loader install on AIX changes permissions on /usr directory

  • 3550236
  • 06-Jul-2007
  • 26-Apr-2012


Novell Identity Manager 3.5
Novell Identity Manager - Remote Loader
AIX 5.2 and 5.3


The Remote Loader Install for Novell Identity Manager 3.5 on AIX 5.2 or 5.3 servers changes the permissions on the /usr directory to 644. This change in permissions effectively renders the system useless for all non-root users who need access to the files in the /usr directory.


This problem has been reported to Engineering and will be fixed in an upcoming release of Novell Identity Manager 3.5.
It has been determined that the RACF driver is changing the permissions on the /usr directory. Therefore, a viable workaround is to avoid the RACF driver package install itself during the Remote Loader install process (this package is called novell-DXMLracf-1.0-0.ppc.rpm). This can be done as follows:

1. During installation select the "Customizing Install" Option.
2. On the selection menu, choose the options to select the Remote Loader and deselect the RACF driver.
3. Proceed with the install.

If the RACF driver is required later, it can be installed from the installation media separately.

If the package has already been installed, the only workaround that exists now is to manually change the permissions on the /usr directory to the ones that existed before the Remote Loader was installed.


Reported to Engineering