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  1. #1
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    Red face Unanswered: context allocation routine failed - Invalid context version

    The backups failed this am and we are not sure what the next steps will be. Hoping that a major upgrade is not required yet.

    Here is the message:

    The context allocation routine failed.
    Physical backup of XXXX on server XXX started at
    Friday, August 1, 2014
    The context allocation routine failed.
    The following problem caused the failure:
    Invalid context version.
    SQL-BackTrack Sybase Backup Utility (DTSBACKUP).
    Copyright (c) 1995-2011, BMC Software, Inc.
    Version 7.5.50.0 (32bit binary)
    (SunOS XXXX 5.10 Generic_147440-15 sun4u)

    *** control directory is /usr/datatools/sbackups.physical/XXX/XXXXXX
    BMCBKS5709511F: Error 'FILE_OPEN_ERROR in Directory:/usr/datatools/tmp/:PERMISSION DENIED' : while trying to lock the control file '/usr/datatools/sbackups.physical/XXX/XXXXXX' for the current task.

  2. #2
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    Hi,

    Probably the backup of the day before the 01, did not complete ok, and is hanging.

    '/usr/datatools/sbackups.physical/XXX/XXXXXX' - locked by another process. So your new backup wont be able to use it.

    look for other sbactrack processes
    ps -ef | grep sbac ( smth like this )

    You will see older processes with more days.... that should not be running.
    Kill them and try again it should be fine.

    Cheers

  3. #3
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    Thumbs up

    Thanks, Catarrunas for responding. That will be something to remember for the future.

    Since posting, it was discovered that the Pax used to unpack data after a transfer didn't preserve the directory and file ownership and assigned all permissions to the root. All but one of the permissions had been changed. The last one has been fixed.

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