“Cannot find an installed simulator nor an install package” – NetApp simulator fun!

I am not a Linux guy. I know enough to make my way around the ESX service console but that’s about it. A Linux guy would not have spent hours figuring out the issue I had recently!

Anyway I have been setting up a little SRM lab and I wanted to configure a couple of Netapp ONTAP simulators for the storage replication component. The simulator needs to be run on a Linux host machine. I managed to get my host VMs running with Ubuntu 9.1. You can find the installation steps here if you are interested.

I attempted to mount the ONTAP simulator ISO to run the install but for some reason even though Linux was telling me it was mounted I could not get access to it. I mounted another ISO to make sure I wasn’t doing something wrong and it seemed to work fine.

So I mounted the ONTAP simulator ISO on a windows VM and I could access the files. I decided to copy the files to a share and access the installation files over the network.

After copying the install files over the network to the Linux VM I ran the installation which failed. I kept getting a “Cannot find an installed simulator nor an install package” error. I spent hours trying to figure out what the hell was wrong.

After digging through the setup.sh file I noticed that it looks for sim.tgz as the installation package. The file was in the directory and I could manually un-tar it so the file wasn’t corrupt. Then it finally dawned on me! The files I copied across from the windows server where all in CAPITAL LETTERS. I changed every files name to lower case and it worked!

I know Linux is case sensitive but I assumed setup would just run without adjusting anything. I think at some point during the coping of the files to windows then to linux all the file names where changed to capital letters.

  1. #1 by Thomas on March 4, 2010 - 2:04 pm


    thanks you, that was my error to!!! Your post saved me many ours of time.



  2. #2 by mk on July 6, 2010 - 8:23 am


    thanks a lot, that was my error to!!

    you saved me many time.


    mk (germany)

  3. #3 by Alex on March 8, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Hey, thanks .. this hint saved me quite some time!

    For renaming files, the following command will to the job nicely:
    rename “y/A-Z/a-z/” *

    best regards

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