Novell Client Installation fails if a file named "C:\Program" exists

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  • 13-Feb-2014
  • 27-Feb-2014


Novell Client 2 SP3 for Windows


Installing the Novell Client 2 SP3 for Windows will fail if the file C:\Program exists.


The fix for this bug has been released in the following patch:

Novell Client 2 SP3 for Windows (IR6)


The Novell Client installer uses "C:\Program Files\"-based paths without properly enclosing them with quotes.

This ordinarily is not a problem because after Windows fails to open "C:\Program" it falls back to trying to look for a non-quote-delimited path within the command line provided.

But if "C:\Program" actually exists on the machine, the Microsoft fallback doesn't engage, because the test to open
"C:\Program" starts to succeed, but this is not the path Novell Client actually intended.