Release Bulletin Mirror Activator™ 15.2 for Linux, Microsoft Windows, and UNIX
Document ID: DC20123-01-1520-01
Last revised: May 2009
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Mirror Activator 15.2 consists of the following components:
Mirror Replication Agent™ 15.2
Replication Server® 15.2
Enterprise Connect™ Data Access (ECDA) Option for Oracle 15.0
Each Mirror Activator 15.2 solution package includes:
Mirror Activator Getting Started CD
Mirror Activator SyBooks™ CD
Mirror Activator 15.2 platform-specific distribution media
Replication Server 15.2 platform-specific distribution media
ECDA Option for Oracle 15.0 platform-specific distribution media
For more information about the contents of the Mirror Replication Agent 15.2 distribution media, see the Mirror Replication Agent Installation Guide.
For information about the contents of the Replication Server 15.2 distribution media, see the Replication Server Installation Guide.
For information about the contents of the ECDA Option for Oracle distribution media, see the Enterprise Connect Data Access 15.0 Installation Guide.
Special installation instructions
For instructions on installing and configuring Mirror Activator components to function together in a replication system, see the Mirror Activator Quick Start Guide.
Special upgrade instructions for an ASE environment
You can convert an existing Replication Server warm standby application for ASE, with existing primary (active) and standby databases, to a Mirror Activator system by:
Implementing a disk replication system to provide synchronous replication of the primary database log devices to mirror log devices at a remote (standby) site, and
Replacing the ASE RepAgent thread in the primary database with the Mirror Activator.
For more information, see the Mirror Activator Administration Guide.
Empty directories after uninstalling
After uninstalling Mirror Activator components, some empty directories might be left. To safely remove them, go to the installation directory and delete the Mirror Activator directory (MA-15_2) and all its subdirectories and their contents.
This section describes known issues for Mirror Activator 15.2.
Note:For issues relating to Replication Server 15.2, see the appropriate Replication Server Release Bulletin, and for Enterprise Connect Data Access 15.0, see the appropriate Enterprise Connect Data Access Release Bulletin.
Known issue for Replication Server with IBM AIX licensing
Starting with Replication Server 15.2 on IBM AIX, there is a change to the process of how Replication Server determines the number of CPUs available to it. Customers running Replication Server on IBM AIX with logical partitions may find that the number of CPUs reported has changed with 15.2. This happens because Replication Server now counts the total number of CPUs available to the partition. This may result in the product defaulting to a grace period (of 30 days) or the product may fail to start if the grace period had elapsed.
Currently, Sybase Replication Server does not support sub-capacity licensing for IBM LPAR. If you believe you may encounter this issue, please contact Sybase Customer Support to raise a support incident.
Known issue for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
This section describes a known issue when you are running Mirror Activator components on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0.
Error while loading shared libraries when running on Red Hat Linux 5.0
You may be unable to start Mirror Replication Agent due to this error message:
Error while loading shared libraries.
Workaround: Check the system configuration and change the firewall configuration from enforcing to permissive. You must have root or sudo permission to make this change.
Known issues for the Sybase installer
This section describes known issues with the Sybase installer that are not specific to a particular data server type.
Cannot view text fields properly when using Hummingbird Exceed from a Windows workstation
If you use Hummingbird Exceed from a Windows workstation to install Mirror Activator on a UNIX host, you might not be able to view all of the text fields on the Sybase installer screens.
Workaround: Use a native X-Windows session to run the Sybase installer, or run the Sybase installer in console or silent mode. For additional information, see the Mirror Activator Installation Guide.
Sybase Central fails to open after a Mirror Activator uninstallation
[CR# 399954] Uninstalling Mirror Activator removes the SYBASE system environment variable. Consequently, Sybase Central cannot open.
Workaround: Redefine the SYBASE system environment variable.
Installing on AIX returns an erroneous error message
[CR#423825] During an installation on some versions of the AIX operating system, this message may display on the console:
tzmappings: Illegal format at near line 11
You can safely ignore this message.
Known issues for Oracle
This section describes replication issues for Oracle.
LOB value not being applied to existing row
[CR #564330] When Sybase Replication replicates a LOB column, ECDA for Oracle first determines the ROWID value for the Oracle row that should contain the LOB. The row for that ROWID is updated with the LOB value. If the table in the replicate Oracle database is a reference table and the parent table is partitioned across multiple tablespaces, then the ROWID returned for the reference table may be incorrect, resulting in the LOB value not being applied to the expected row. The Oracle bug ID for this incorrect ROWID problem is 8417690.
Disabling triggers at the standby database
The results fired by a trigger at the primary database are normally replicated to the standby database. In addition, the transaction that caused the trigger to fire is replicated. This may result in duplicate information from both the trigger replicating to the standby database, and the trigger firing at the standby database. To avoid potential duplication at the standby database, Replication Server attempts to set the dsi_keep_triggers configuration parameter to off at the standby database. However, Oracle does not support disabling trigger execution at the session or connection level.
Workaround: At the standby database, disable triggers that update tables while replication to the standby database is active.
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