Grid Control startup fails, installUser=%s_userName%

Oracle seems to have an uncommon sense of humor. Executing gcstartup after patching the grid control server to (Linux x86) fails with:

/bin/su: user %s_userName% does not exist

I am not surprised, since this is windows’ environment variable notation, and unknown to my Linux shells. Solution: In the head of




with  the username you installed grid control management services as: In my (and probably most cases) it should look like


Hope it helps

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