On HP-UX Itanium, Starting The Database Is Failing With 'ASSERTION FAILED: UNAME(&NAME) >= 0'

(Doc ID 737979.1)

Last updated on JUNE 13, 2013

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
HP-UX Itanium
** Checked for relevance 28-Feb-2013


On HP-UX Itanium, when trying to start the instance, you get the below error:

SQL> startup nomount
Assertion failed: uname(&name) >= 0, file snlrn.c, line 395
ORA-03113: end-of-file on communication channel

And in the alert.log, the error below is seen:

ORA-07445: exception encountered: core dump [__lwp_kill()+48] [SIGIOT] [unknown code]


This is because the machine name returned by uname is longer than 8 characters. The database can be started by changing the machine name with 'uname -S'.


Machine name has been changed to more than 8 characters.


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