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Unable To Login To Exalogic ZFS Appliance Via BUI & CLI With "Waiting for the appliance shell to start" Message Shown When Logging In Via CLI Dropping To Failsafe Shell (Doc ID 2171498.1)

Last updated on JUNE 29, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software - Version to
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
Linux x86-64
Oracle Virtual Server x86-64


While attempting to log into the Exalogic ZFS Storage Appliance BUI console or CLI, the BUI console will hang on login. The CLI will display "Waiting for the appliance shell to start..." and  "dropping into failsafe shell...".

login as: root
Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
Last login: Fri Jul 15 00:25:53 2016 from
Waiting for the appliance shell to start ...

The appliance shell is taking longer than usual to start.
Press Ctrl-C to exit or wait 45 seconds for the emergency shell.

Waiting for the appliance shell to start ...

aksh-wrapper: FATAL: Appliance shell failed to start in the allotted time
Dropping into failsafe shell ...



 A recent configuration on the ZFS appliance to add an LDAP server.


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