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.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
This issue is fixed in the following cumulative update for SQL Server:
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To work around this issue, you can create a folder "/com" and give mssql user permission.