Attempting to run dxcmd was yielding this error on one of our IDM servers:
DirXML Command Line Utility
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Enter user name: foo.user
Enter user’s password:
java.lang.Error: Unable to initialize DClient
at novell.jclient.JClient.initializeDclient(Native Method)
Using the command
strace -f dxcmd -user foo.user -password S00perS33cr3t
turned up a “permission denied” error while trying to open
/etc/opt/novell/nici64.cfg. On other servers, that file was world-readable; on the problem server, it was owner- and group-readable only.
The chosen fix was to remove world-readable attribute on all servers, and use “sudo dxcmd” to eliminate the file permissions problem.