Failed to ssh | fork: Cannot allocate memory

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP4


Not able to connect to the system either through SSH or console. Even if the connection is established, the commands can't run with the following error:
bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory


1- Reset the node.

2- Once it is booted, then check the "saptune" status.
# saptune_check
This is saptune_check v0.2.2.

It verifies if saptune is set up correctly.
Please keep in mind:
 - This tool does not check, if the tuning itself works correctly.
 - Follow the hints from top to down to minimize side effects.
Checking saptune
[NOTE] saptune package has version 3.0.2
[WARN] System is in status "degraded". Failed services are: saprouter.service saptune.service   -> Check the cause and reset the state with 'systemctl reset-failed'!
[FAIL] Configured saptune version is 1  -> Misconfiguration happened or an update went wrong! This needs to be investigated.
[ OK ] sapconf.service is inactive
[ OK ] sapconf.service is disabled
[FAIL] saptune.service is failed        -> Run 'systemctl start saptune.service', 'saptune service start' or 'saptune service takeover'.
[ OK ] saptune.service is enabled
[NOTE] tuned profile is 'missing'
[ OK ] tuned.service is inactive
[ OK ] tuned.service is disabled

1 warning(s) have been found.
2 error(s) have been found.
Saptune will not work properly!

3- reinstall saptune version 3 (ex: the target version is saptune-3.0.2-4.10.1.x86_64)
# zypper install --force saptune-3.0.2-4.10.1



The "saptune" service failed to start correctly and it complained of a version mismatching. Once "saptune" is not started correctly, then the SAP workload is running without the SAP recommendations, which would cause many performance issues.

For further information about saptune, kindly, check this link:


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  • Document ID:000020875
  • Creation Date: 27-Nov-2022
  • Modified Date:12-Dec-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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