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need a new PTF Group for IBM i compilers and developer tools 5770-WDS
Recently I had some PMRs -> APARs resolved by PTFs.
The problem is, these new PTFs are not automatically included on any CUMe package and I was very surprised to learn that they were not included in any of the current Group PTFs for IBM i 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3.
It can take a long time for enough users to request an individual PTF via Fix Central, before it reaches the "threshold" to be included on the next CUMulative fix package for that version/release.
I think there should be a new PTF Group for 5770-WDS, the development tools, that includes all of the compilers, etc., and PDM, SEU, etc.
Recently, I had opened some PMRs that were accepted as APARs and eventually PTFs were created for the ILE C,C++, COBOL and RPG IV compilers to resolve the issues.
But, the problem is, those PTFs are not currently on any CUMe and I was very surprised to learn that they were not included in any of the current Group PTFs for IBM i 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3.
There is a "threshold" -- a certain number of customers must order a given PTF via Fix Central before it will automatically br included on the next CUMulative PTF package for the affected version/release of IBM i. This can take so long, for example, to reach that threshold, those PTFs might never "make it" onto any CUMe PTF package for IBM i 7.1, as it is nearing "end of support".
PTFs that affect development tools, especially compilers, are critical infrastructure and should be deemed "more important" than the run-of-the-mill PTFs.
Customers reply on the compilers and developer tools to maintain their own applications, whether in-house or vendor provided code to which those customers make "custom modifications."
PTFs may correct long-standing defects, and those PTFs should have a higher priority than "normal" PTFs and should be included on the next CUME package, or they at least deserve to go into a new PTF Group for 5770-WDS.
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