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On Red Hat Linux 4.0 and above, installing or upgrading ArcSDE 9.2 fails with the following distinctive error message in the sde_setup.log:
"Error reading the GDB string(direct_connect_nnn != direct_connect_NNN)"
where 'nnn' and 'NNN' can be any random number.
The operating system (OS) environment variable LD_ASSUME_KERNEL has been set to a value lower than 4.0, indicating that the OS is effectively running at a version lower than 4.0.
The lowest Red Hat Linux version supported by ArcSDE 9.2 is AS/ES 4.0.
1. Unset the LD_ASSUME_KERNEL environment variable. For example, in C shell:
2. Re-execute the sdesetup command after unsetting the environment variable.