Applies To:
  • CitectSCADA
  • Vijeo Citect
  • PowerLogic SCADA

 SCADA fails to start, giving an error message saying "Aborting Startup..."

 This typically indicates that there is an error in Citect32.exe.config, a file found in the bin directory (v7.00) or SCADA's config directory (v7.10+). At present, this file contains settings related to PSI tuning and logging configuration. An error in editing this file may lead to the error detailed above.

The config file is a standard XML file. Detailing the syntax of XML files is beyond the scope of this article, however there are plenty of articles on the web detailing this.

The easiest way to debug errors in this file is to right click on the file, and select "Open With" -> "Internet Explorer". If there is an error, you should see a page like the following:

Hopefully this error message should give you a clue as to where the error lies.

Additional Notes: The issue occurs as well if your Citect32.exe.config file is not on a local drive. Your Config directory has to sit on your local computer. Indeed, this folder contains computer specific files, including Citect32.exe.config, and cannot be shared among different computers. The error message will be the exact same as if your Citect32.exe.config file were corrupted: "Aborting Startup...".

 Citect32.exe.config aborting startup