Unable to parse JSON Error from Dashboard bootstrap.sh Script

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When running the bootstrap.sh script to set up the default Organization and User when installing the Self-Managed version on Red Hat/Centos, the script fails when setting up the default user, returning a “Unable to parse JSON” Error.

Adding new user
USER AUTHENTICATION CODE: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "string", line 1, in module
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/json/__init__.py", line 290, in load
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/json/__init__.py", line 338, in loads
    return _default_decoder.decode(s)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/json/decoder.py", line 366, in decode
    obj, end = self.raw_decode(s, idx=_w(s, 0).end())
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/json/decoder.py", line 382, in raw_decode
    obj, end = self.scan_once(s, idx)
ValueError: Invalid control character at: line 1 column 33 (char 32)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "stdin", line 3, in module
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/ast.py", line 49, in literal_eval
    node_or_string = parse(node_or_string, mode='eval')
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/ast.py", line 37, in parse
    return compile(source, filename, mode, PyCF_ONLY_AST)
  File "unknown", line 0
SyntaxError: unexpected EOF while parsing
ERROR: Unable to parse JSON


The Redis service is not running when the bootstrap.sh script is run


Run sudo service redis start before running the bootstrap.sh script.