JNA fails to initialize

DataStax Enterprise fails to start because JNA fails to initialize properly.

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DataStax Enterprise fails to start because the JNA temporary directory is not available. If the tmp directory is inaccessible the following error appears in the system log:
$ tail -3 /var/log/cassandra/system.log
The error is similar to:
ERROR main 2015-12-18 09:57:00,879 CassandraDaemon.java:213 - JNA failing to initialize properly. Use -Dcassandra.boot_without_jna=true to bootstrap even so.
INFO Thread-2 2015-12-18 09:57:00,880 DseDaemon.java:418 - DSE shutting down...
INFO Thread-2 2015-12-18 09:57:00,881 PluginManager.java:103 - All plugins are stopped.

Procedure

Configure the database JNA temporary path to an executable directory.

In cassandra-env.sh, add the line:
JVM_OPTS="$JVM_OPTS -Djna.tmpdir=/path_to_directory"

Where path_to_directory is the absolute path to a directory to which the database user has read, write, and execute permissions.