There are six windows that should be opened when running the data acquisition system (runcontrol). The database server (msqld) must be running, of course, before starting these processes.
They should be started in the following order:
coda_er -i -s gep5test -n ER1 -t ER
coda_eb -i -s gep5test -n EB1 -t EB
Here is a screenshot with all of these windows open: