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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 19, 2018

Third party URL for RPM repositories in "Manage Open Source Packages" in ACS

The new feature in ACS for managing open source RPM packages is great. However, it only covers IBM delivered RPM from the official IBM site.

There is many other open source packages out there used today as building blocks for modern applications . I.e packages are available to download from "AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications" among RPM's from IBM solution vendors ( like my own company). hosted on local websites.

It would be a pleasure with an extra tab in ACS / Open source manager to allow specifying the URL for any repository out there. The underlying YUM command allows this feature, so the proposed tab could in theory be possible to implement.

Use Case:

When our company deliver software - we use RPM's along with other mechanisms. For software vendors like us it would be a great pleasure to have a common way to distribute open source software for the IBMi in a manageable and robust way supported by IBM - Especially from a dependency perspective.

IBM have not (yet) ported all open source packages that actually runs on the IBMi in PASE. So meanwhile - we need to have a manageable way to introduce packages from i.e. Perzl and "AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications" that are required in existing running application. Otherwise we will still need to use Perzl


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 20, 2019

    .The ability to distribute IBM i RPMs is already possible, since IBM has delivered the necessary commands (like createrepo, rpmbuild, etc).

    ACS can also manage/install RPMs from third-party repositories, once the repository definition is added. For examples, see

    Unfortunately, the IBM i RPM stack is unable to properly install/manage AIX RPMs. There is no plans to address this within the next 12 months.

  • Guest
    Dec 17, 2018

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Sep 27, 2018

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Open Source, PASE
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IBM i Access Family
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Aug 30, 2018

    The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to address.

    Background: The CEAC members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Jun 25, 2018

    IBM has received this requirement and is evaluating it. A response will be provided when evaluation is complete.

  • Guest
    Jun 20, 2018

    And as this could also be a way to get open source RPG code onto the platform it would be great if it would also accept third party rpms.