"ERROR: ndsconfig return value = 10" when running ndsconfig or ndsmanage to create eDirectory instance

  • 7017352
  • 11-Mar-2016
  • 14-Aug-2017


NetIQ eDirectory
Novell eDirectory 8.8 for Linux
Novell eDirectory 9.0 for Linux
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12


When running 'ndsconfig new' or 'ndsmanage to create a new instance of eDirectory, the following error is returned after almost immediately as the installation fails:

ERROR: ndsconfig return value = 10

Attempting the installation again results in the same scenario.


Remove any hyphens (dashes) present in the configuration file's (nds.conf) path which is normally /etc/opt/novell/eDirectory/conf/nds.conf by default.

When ndsconfig returns error 10 it only means the attempt to create a new tree failed as described in the man page.  As a result, seeing this error may mean there is something else wrong with the command, such as an invalid parameter, a bad environment setting, or a missing library or other dependency.  A hyphen present in the path containing the nds.conf file is one known issue, but others could also exist.


The way that eDirectory's ndsconfig command works in an environment with systemd is that hyphens/dashes are used as a delimiter in the service name.  Because of this, the installer fails to distinguish delimiters used by ndsconfig with the same character used in the nds.conf path specified when calling ndsconfig.  As a result, when using systemd a hyphen cannot be used in the directory structure containing the nds.conf file or strings that end up in paths used to identify the location of the nds.conf file.

There is no known limitation with regard to paths contained within the nds.conf file, for example the instance directory (vardir) or DIB directory (dibdir) properties, as neither of these are used to generate the name of the systemd service itself like the path to the nds.conf file is.

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