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SQL Service Pack 6a not working on Proli

By mikeray1 ·
I am installing Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 on a compaq proliant 1850r, using a Compaq Smart Array 221 controller. Service pack 3 and 4 for SQL will install fine, but if I try to install service pack 5 or 5a for SQL the installation dies trying to update the catallog with the error message "Setup inillation could not be excuted. CFGCHAR.EXE could not be excetued". Does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong.

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by -Q-240248 In reply to SQL Service Pack 6a not w ...

Yes, off the top of my head, two solutions come to mind:

1) Copy the service pack files from the CD to a directory with 8 characters or less on the hard drive.

2) You souldn't have any directories in your SQL directory tree with spaces.

There was another problem I had, but i think had only to do with installing SQL server and not the SP. I had to add a NoWait line in a .ini file because the hard drives were too fast for the program. Let me know if you need more info on this. Email me...

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by mikeray1 In reply to SQL Service Pack 6a not w ...

It was the spaces in the location of the service pack. We had c:\service pack 6a. We changed it to c:\servicepack6a and it worked fine.

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by mark_lt In reply to SQL Service Pack 6a not w ...

this is a known error with sp5 Q219063

essentially you have a folder config something like this

c:\12345\123456

your install is in the last folder and contains 1 more character than its parent.

read on
If the SQL Server home directory is under a parent directory, and if the length of the SQL Server directory name is one character longer than its parent directory, SQL Server 6.5 Service Pack 5 and Service Pack 5a Setup will fail with the following message:

Use the Registry Editor to manually add the backslash ("\") character at the end of SQLPath on the following registry key value before running Service Pack 5 or 5a setup:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MSSQLServer\Setup\SQLPath

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