KB4573172 - FIX: Error occurs when you run Distribution Agent on an instance of SQL Server 2017 on Linux

Applies to: SQL Server 2017 Developer LinuxSQL Server 2017 Enterprise on LinuxSQL Server 2017 Enterprise Core on Linux

Symptoms


When you run the Distribution Agent and replicate large objects on an instance of SQL Server 2017 on Linux, you may receive the following error message:
Error message in Replication Monitor:
The distribution agent failed to create temporary files in 'C:\COM' directory. System returned errorcode 5. (Source: MSSQL_REPL, Error number: MSSQL_REPL21100)
Get help: http://help/MSSQL_REPL21100
Error in SQL errorlogs:
Error: 14151, Severity: 18, State: 1.
Replication-Replication Distribution Subsystem: agent AgentName failed. The distribution agent failed to create temporary files in 'C:\COM' directory. System returned errorcode 5.

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. 

Resolution


This issue is fixed in the following cumulative update for SQL Server:
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Workaround


To work around this issue, you can create a folder "/com" and give mssql user permission.

References


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