What changes does the CA Client Automation make when installing UNIX machines in /etc/profile and how can you prevent these changes from occurring during the installation?

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Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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This document details what changes the CA Client Automation install makes on UNIX and how to avoid the changes by configuring the response file prior to install. 



When DSM is installed on a UNIX machine, the following entry is added to /etc/profile:

test -r /etc/profile.CA && { CA_SECTION=all; export CA_SECTION; /etc/profile.CA; } # Added by Computer Associates

The DSM installation (irrespective of the agent being installed) writes to the /etc/profile to call the etc/profile.ca file. The profile.ca file is triggered every time a user logs on to the machine so that the following is accomplished:

  1. Check for the installed Ca Software components i.e. AMO Agent or SDO Agent etc

  2. Set the environment variable for the user profile so that the DSM Application specific commands like Caf stop/start/status, camstat, tngdts, etc., are available for execution.

Since /etc/profile file contains system wide environment settings and startup programs, all customizations that you put in this file will apply for the entire environment variable on your system. DSM software updates this file to set the environment variables for its applications by pointing it to /etc/profile.ca file.




All Supported version of UNIX

CA Client Automation 12.8, 12.8 FP 1

CA Client Automation 12.9, 12.9 FP 1

CA Client Automation 14.0 



If writing to /etc/profile is not desired, you can try the following:

  1. Comment the lines in /etc/profile. This would cause that agent not to be triggered whenever the user logs onto the machine. In this case the Agent would have to be run manually.

  2. Change the response file with the following changes so that these entries are not made in the /etc/profile during the agent installation itself.

Modifying the response file:

In the response file of the agent, make the changes to the following line from '0' to '1'




0 = False
1 = True

After making the above changes to the response file, point the installation to use the modified response file using the -r switch and the response file name i.e. '.rsp' file.


cd /cd_mount_point/SolarisProductFiles_sparc/agent ./installdsm -r install.rsp /RITRM_INST_CMDLINE=1 /RITRM_SERVER=myserver.mydomain /RITRM_MANAGER=mymanager.mydomain

This will prevent the installer from updating /etc/profile.