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Many racgmain(check) processes at HP-UX 11iv3

I was called that some commands for controlling the cluster and the oracle are not working. This was two node cluster installed with Oracle RAC on HP-UX 11.31 Data Center OE (December 2008) working for a month already.

Arriving at the customer site I noticed that there are a lot (around 500) of hanging racgmain(check) processes which obviously were blocking some of the cluster commands. Errors also can be seen at this log: $CRS_HOME/log/$HOSTNAME/crsd/crsd.log:

2009-04-08 15:22:01.700: [CRSEVT][90801] CAAMonitorHandler :: 0:Action Script /oracle/ora10g/bin/racgwrap(check) timed
out for ora.ORCL.ORCL1.inst! (timeout=600)
2009-04-08 15:22:01.700: [CRSAPP][90801] CheckResource error for 	ora.ORCL.ORCL1.inst error code = -2
2009-04-08 15:25:42.180: [CRSEVT][90811] CAAMonitorHandler :: 0:Could not join /oracle/ora10g/bin/racgwrap(check)
category: 1234, operation: scls_process_join, loc: childcrash, OS error: 0, other: Abnormal termination of the child

There are a lot of bugs at metalink, but no documents or suggestions how to fix that.

Fortunately we found a solution:

  1. Stop CRS on all nodes.

  2. Make a copy of racgwrap located under $ORACLE_HOME/bin and $CRS_HOME/bin on all nodes

  3. Edit the file racgwrap and modify the last 3 lines from:

     $ORACLE_HOME/bin/racgmain "$@"
     exit $status


	exec $ORACLE_HOME/bin/racgmain "$@"
  1. Restart CRS and make sure that all the resources are starts.

We were lucky that hit the bug just before the migration and restarting the instances/servers was easy enough. I don't know if this really solves the problem, but we never hit the bug again.