# Troubleshooting installation and startup of Zowe z/OS components

The following topics contain information that can help you troubleshoot problems when you encounter unexpected behavior installing Zowe z/OS components or starting Zowe's ZWESVSTC started task.

# How to check if ZWESVSTC startup is successful

The ZWESVSTC started task on z/OS brings up a number of address spaces. There is no single Zowe has launched and is ready to run message as the sequence of address spaces initialization is environment-dependent, although the message ID ZWED0021I is typically the last one that is logged. More details on each subsystem and their startup messages are described in the following sections.

To check that Zowe has started successfully, the most complete way is to check that each component successfully completed its initialization. Each component writes messages to the JES STDOUT and writes severe errors to the STDERR job spool file.

To learn more about the Zowe components and their role, see Zowe Architecture. It is possible to configure Zowe to bring up only a subset of its components by using the LAUNCH_COMPONENT_GROUPS variable in the instance.env file. See Component Groups for more information.

To monitor ZWESVSTC to check whether each component has launched successfully, you can use one of the following ways:

  • A good approach is to look at the active address spaces by using a command such as DA in SDSF. Each address space is named to identify its component, see Address space names.
  • You can also look for particular messages in the STDOUT Job spool file.

# Check the startup of API Mediation Layer

The API Mediation Layer has three address spaces: API Catalog ZWE1AC, API Gateway ZWE1AG, and API Discovery ZWE1AD. These might have been changed from their defaults. For more information, see Address space names.

To check whether the API mediation layer is fully initialized, you can look for the ZWEAM000I message. Each component writes a successful startup message ZWEAM000I to the JES as shown below. The message also indicates the CPU of seconds spent. Check that each address space has written this message.

021-01-12 17:48:23.738 <ZWEADS1:main:33557015> ZWESVUSR INFO  (o.z.a.p.s.ServiceStartupEventHandler) `ZWEAM000I` Discovery Service started in 97.725 seconds
2021-01-12 17:48:30.145 <ZWEAGW1:main:50334212> ZWESVUSR INFO  (o.z.a.p.s.ServiceStartupEventHandler) `ZWEAM000I` Gateway Service started in 104.248 seconds
2021-01-12 17:48:31.036 <ZWEAAC1:main:33557009> ZWESVUSR INFO  (o.z.a.p.s.ServiceStartupEventHandler) `ZWEAM000I` API Catalog Service started in 105.127 seconds

As well as looking for ZWEAM00I in the JES log, you can also log in to the gateway homepage and check the service status indicator. If there is a red or yellow tick beside one of its three services, the components are still starting.

Zowe API Mediation Layer Startup

When all services are fully initialized, there will be three green ticks.

Zowe API Mediation Layer Startup

# Check the startup of Zowe Desktop

The Zowe Desktop address space is named ZWE1DS1. During its initialization process, the desktop loads its plug-ins and writes a message ZWED0031I when it is completed.

2021-01-22 14:35:00.300 <ZWED:16842882> ZWESVUSR INFO (_zsf.install,index.js:340) ZWED0031I - Server is ready at, Plugins successfully loaded: 100% (21/21)

The ZWED0031I message includes a count of the number of loaded plug-ins as well as the total number of plug-ins, for example Plugins successfully loaded: 100% (21/21). A failed plug-in load will not abort the launch of the desktop.

In the preceding message example, it indicates that 21 plug-ins have loaded successfully. Each of these plug-ins writes its individual message ZWED0290I, so ZWED0031I indicates 21 plug-ins have loaded and there will be 21 instances of ZWED0290I, for example:

2021-01-22 14:34:58.762 <ZWED:16842882> ZWESVUSR INFO (_zsf.install,index.js:263) ZWED0290I - Plugin (org.zowe.zosmf.workflows) loaded. Successful: 5% (1/21) Attempted: 5% (1/21)
2021-01-22 14:35:00.114 <ZWED:16842882> ZWESVUSR INFO (_zsf.install,index.js:263) ZWED0290I - Plugin (org.zowe.zlux.appmanager.app.propview) loaded. Successful: 52% (11/21) Attempted: 52% (11/21)
2021-01-22 14:35:00.278 <ZWED:16842882> ZWESVUSR INFO (_zsf.install,index.js:263) ZWED0290I - Plugin (org.zowe.api.catalog) loaded. Successful: 95% (20/21) Attempted: 95% (20/21)

Messages for ZWED0290I will be written when the JES Explorer org.zowe.explorer-jes, the MVS Explorer org.zowe.explorer-mvs, and the USS Explorer org.zowe.explorer-uss are loaded.

When the Zowe desktop and the API Gateway are both started in a launch configuration, it will register itself with the API Gateway after the Zowe desktop has started. This step must be completed before a user is able to successfully log in, as the API Mediation layer is used as the backing authentication service. The message that is written to indicate that the registration has been successful is ZWED0021I, for example

2021-01-22 14:36:01.846 <ZWED:16842882> ZWESVUSR INFO (_zsf.apiml,apiml.js:218) ZWED0021I - Eureka Client Registered from Available at https://<HOSTNAME>:<APIDISCOVERYPORT>/ui/v1/zlux/

If you try to log into the Zowe desktop too early before the Eureka client registration has occurred you may get an Authentication failed message on the login page because the APIML handshake is incomplete. If this occurs wait for the registration to be complete as indiciated by the ZWED0021I message.

# Check the startup of Zowe File and Jobs API servers

Zowe has two servers that are used to provide API services for jobs and files. The Jobs API server address space is named ZWE1EF and the Files API server address space is named ZWE1EJ. When these have successfully started, a message Started <name> in <nn> seconds (JVM running for <nn>) is written to the log, for example:

2021-01-22 14:35:17.869 <ZWEEAJ1:main:50397279> ZWESVUSR INFO  (o.z.j.JesJobsApplication,StartupInfoLogger.java:59) Started JesJobsApplication in 29.867 seconds (JVM running for 37.296)
2021-01-22 14:35:21.567 <ZWEEAD1:main:67174496> ZWESVUSR INFO  (o.z.DataSetsAndUnixFilesApplication,StartupInfoLogger.java:59) Started DataSetsAndUnixFilesApplication in 33.597 seconds (JVM running for 41.002)

# Check the startup of Zowe Secure Services

The zssServer is used for secure services for the Zowe desktop.

ZWES1013I ZSS Server has started. Version '1.18.0+20201214' 

The zssServer will register itself with the cross memory server running under the address space ZWESISTC. You can use the attach message ID ZWES1014I to check that this has occurred successfully. If this message contains a nonzero return code in the cmsRC= value, then a failure occurred. For more information on how to diagnose these, see ZSS server unable to communicate with X-MEM.

ZWES1014I ZIS status - 'Ok' (name='ZWESIS_STD      ', cmsRC='0', description='Ok', clientVersion='2')

# Unable to launch Zowe with { FSUM7351 }

When you run zowe-start.sh from a unix shell path <zowe-instance-directory>/bin, you encounter the following error:

<RUNTIME_DIRECTORY>/scripts/internal/opercmd: ./zowe-start.sh 6: FSUM7351 not found

This can be because the value of ROOT_DIR in the <zowe-instance-directory>/instance.env file is pointing to an invalid Zowe runtime. This can occur in scenarios where the Zowe runtime directory was removed during an upgrade of a convenience build, and the instance.env file's ROOT_DIR value was not updated to point to the new fully qualified path for the new Zowe runtime.

This errors can also occur if the user ID running zowe-start.sh does not have read and traverse access to the directory tree ancestors of the ROOT_DIR itself. For example, if ROOT_DIR is set to /usr/lpp/zowe then the TSO user executing zowe-start.sh must have rx access to the directories usr/lpp/zowe, usr/lpp and usr. To see the access for a directory issue the unix command ls -alT. If you do not wish to open up rx access to the directory tree ancestors of the ROOT_DIR then Zowe can still be launched using a TSO command, see Starting Zowe with a /S TSO command.

# Unable to create BPXAS instances


When you start ZWESVSTC started task, either by running the zowe-start.sh script or by launching the started task directly, you encounter the following error in the log:

<ROOT_DIR>/bin/internal/run-zowe.sh 1: FSUM7726 cannot fork: reason code  = 094500f7: EDC5112I Resource temporarily unavailable.

You will also encounter the following messages in the SYSLOG:

0290  S ZWESVSTC                                                               
0281  $HASP100 ZWESVSTC ON STCINRDR                                            
      ZWESVUSR, GROUP ZWEADMIN                                                 
0281  $HASP373 ZWESVSTC STARTED                                                
      REASON CODE 094500F7                                                     


This problem occurs when the maximum number of BPXAS instances have been reached.

This may be because when the Zowe instance directory was created, it was generated in the same location as the Zowe root directory. The Zowe instance directory is created by using the script <RUNTIME_DIR>/bin/zowe-configure-instance.sh -c <PATH_TO_INSTANCE_DIR>. See Creating an instance directory. The Zowe runtime directory is replaced when new PTFs are applied and should be considered as a read-only set of files. Zowe instance directories are designed to live outside the directory structure and are used to start a Zowe runtime.

This problem will only occur with Zowe drivers prior to v1.10 and has been resolved in v1.10 where the zowe-configure-instance.sh script will report error if it detects the -c argument because the installation directory location is an existing Zowe runtime directory.

# Errors caused when running the Zowe desktop with node 8.16.1


When you start the ZWESVSTC started task, you encounter the following error messages:

(function (exports, require, module, __filename, __dirname) {
SyntaxError: Invalid or unexpected token
    at createScript (vm.js:80:10)
    at Object.runInThisContext (vm.js:139:10)
    at Module._compile (module.js:617:28)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:664:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:566:32)
    at tryModuleLoad (module.js:506:12)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:498:3)
    at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:694:10)
    at startup (bootstrap_node.js:204:16)
    at bootstrap_node.js:625:3
/global/zowe/instances/prod/bin/internal/run-zowe.sh 3: FSUM7332 syntax error: got ), expecting Newline


This problem occurs when you use Node.js v8.16.1 which is not supported on Zowe. There is a known issue with node.js v8.16.1 and Zowe desktop encoding. Use a supported version of Node.js instead. For more information, see Supported Node.js versions.

# Cannot start Zowe and UNIX commands not found with FSUM7351


When you start the ZWESVSTC started task, you might encounter the following error message:

dirname: <instance-dir>/bin/internal/run-zowe.sh 2: FSUM7351 not found
pwd: <instance-dir>/bin/internal/run-zowe.sh 2: FSUM7351 not found
.: <instance-dir>/bin/internal/run-zowe.sh 3: /bin/internal/read-instance.sh: not found


Check that /bin is part on your PATH. Do echo $PATH to check. If it is missing, make sure that it is appended to PATH in your profile, for example, in /etc/profile/.

# Various warnings show when connecting Zowe with another domain


When you configure the Zowe environment variable ZOWE_EXPLORER_HOST in instance.env with a domain (for example, domain-a.com), and access Zowe with another domain (for example, domain-b.com), you may see the following errors:

  • Certificate warnings similar to the following one:
    domain-b.com:8544 uses an invalid security certificate.
    The certificate is only valid for the following names: domain-a.com, <ip-of-domain-a>, localhost.localdomain, localhost,
  • No pinned applications show in Zowe Desktop.
  • JES Explorer, MVS Explorer, USS Explorer may show errors similar to the following one if you ignore the certificate error.
    Blocked by Content Security Policy
    An error occurred during a connection to domain-a.com:7554.
    Firefox prevented this page from loading in this way because the page has a content security policy that disallows it.

The above warnings and errors will also show when you plan to use Zowe with multiple domain names.


You can take the following steps:

  • When you prepare the bin/zowe-setup-certificates.env file, specify the HOSTNAME= and IPADDRESS= parameters to accept multiple domains separated by comma (from Zowe v1.14.0). The following configuration is an example:


    Then you can proceed to run the bin/zowe-setup-certificates.sh script.

  • After you run the bin/zowe-configure-instance.sh script, modify the instance.env file located in the instance directory in the following ways to reflect the multiple domains you plan to use.

    • Add a line of ZWE_EXTERNAL_HOSTS. For example, ZWE_EXTERNAL_HOSTS=domain-a.com,domain-b.com.
    • Add a line of ZWE_REFERRER_HOSTS. For example, ZWE_REFERRER_HOSTS=domain-a.com,domain-b.com.
    • Find the line that starts with ZOWE_EXPLORER_FRAME_ANCESTORS and modify its values to ZOWE_EXPLORER_FRAME_ANCESTORS="${ZOWE_EXPLORER_HOST}:*,domain-a.com:*,domain-b.com:*,${ZOWE_IP_ADDRESS}:*".


With this change, you must use the API Mediation Layer Gateway port (default is 7554) to access Zowe Desktop, for example, https://domain-a.com:7554/ui/v1/zlux or https://domain-b.com:7554/ui/v1/zlux. Using Desktop port (default is 8544) like https://domain-b.com:8544/ is not supported.