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With IBM Informix Version 11.70, you can't accidentally initialize disk space for an existing server by running the oninit -i command. Initializing disk space destroys all of the database data that the server manages. If you do want to initialize disk space for an existing server, you can set the FULL_DISK_INIT configuration parameter to allow the oninit -i command to succeed. For more information, see FULL_DISK_INIT configuration parameter in the Version 11.70 Information Center.
The 59 new oninit return codes introduced in Informix® 11.70 describe exactly why the server didn't start. We also document what your next move should be.
For example, oninit return code 175 says: The database server failed to initialize the root dbspace. What you should do if you get this return code is to check the root dbspace related parameters in server configuration file (onconfig) to make sure that the path for the root dbspace is valid.
The oninit return codes are documented in the Administrator's Reference.