NetBackup's Sybase ASA fails to start, returning "Internal database error *** ERROR *** Assertion failed"

NetBackup's Sybase ASA fails to start, returning "Internal database error *** ERROR *** Assertion failed"

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In NetBackup 7.5 through, the Sybase ASA(dbsrv11) (Adaptive Server Anywhere) database may not start properly, exiting with an assertion failure error: 200130, 200131, 200106 or 108701.  When this happens, it is an indication of database corruption and NetBackup will no longer function until corrective action is taken.

Error Message

An example of the error, from the nbemm log at DebugLevel=1:

04/20/13 01:54:45.195 [Debug] NB 51216 321 PID:2548 TID:4 File ID:111 [No context] 1 [DbConnection::Execute] SQL - retval=DB_ERROR_SQLGeneralError(2007087) retdal=-1 native=<-301> sqlerror=<[Sybase][ODBC Driver][SQL Anywhere] Internal database error *** ERROR *** Assertion failed: 108701[NBDB](
Freeing page not in index -- transaction rolled back> sqlstate=<xxxxx>

The correlating error in the /usr/openv/db/log/server.log [UNIX] or <install_path>\NetBackupDB\log\server.log [Windows] file will appear similar to the following:

E. 04/20 01:54:45. *** ERROR *** Assertion failed: 108701[NBDB] ( Freeing page not in index I. 04/20 01:54:45. Connection terminated abnormally


This issue has been identified as Sybase defect, CR Number 689696.  Additional information is available at the following Sybase link:


A catalog recovery will need to be completed in order to recover from any database corruption caused by this issue.  Directions for recovery of the NetBackup catalog can be found in either the disaster recovery email, if configured in the Hot Catalog backup policy, or via the procedure enumerated in the NetBackup Troubleshooting Guide, version 7.5 (Related Article linked below) in Chapter 5, Disaster Recovery.

The formal resolution for this issue (Etrack 3165091) is inlcuded in the following release:

  • NetBackup 7.5 Maintenance Release 5 (

NetBackup is available via the Related Article linked below.  This version contains an updated version of Sybase ASA which includes a resolution for the known issue.

Best Practices:
Veritas strongly recommends the following best practices:
1. Always perform a full DR backup prior to making any changes to your environment.
2. Always make sure that your environment is running the latest version and patch level.
3. Perform periodic "test" restores.

Applies To

All multicore platforms, both Unix and Windows may be impacted by this issue.

NetBackup versions impacted:

  • 7.5 GA 


JIRA : null
Etrack : 3165091

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