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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories PTF and Service
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 25, 2022

Prevent GO PTF option 8 from unintentionally IPL'ing the system when ptf's

I would like the ability, for setting a system value (WRKSYSVAL), to change the default parameter on menu PTF option 8,” Install program temporary fix package” from "Y' to “N”. Many times, I just wish to install a cume or group ptf during the week and will IPL the system over the weekend to apply them. To do this you use option 8 from the PTF menu. If I am not careful to change “Automatic IPL” from "Y" to "N" it will end the production system, that is, it will bring your system to a restrictive state, applying the PTFS and IPLing in the middle of the day costing your company time and money waiting for system to come and the DB to rebuild. I know some colleagues over the years that this has happened to.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    May 2, 2022
    To prevent someone from unintentionally performing an IPL on your system when using the GO PTF option 7 or option 8, use the Change Service Attributes (CHGSRVA) command. Specify *DLYALL for the PTFINSTYPE parameter to override the Automatic IPL field and the Apply type field on the GO PTF option 7 and option 8.

    This is not a System Value, but it is the function requested. The CHGSRVA command is shipped with authority public *EXCLUDE so users must be QSYS or QSRVAGT to be able to use it.

    IBM Power Systems Development - PTF Support
  • Guest
    Apr 4, 2022

    I looked in CHGSRVA and I do not see an option for what the original author was requesting. It looks like the help documentation is wrong.

  • Guest
    Mar 25, 2022

    If you view the help on this screen it says

    To change the default value, use the Change Service Attributes

    (CHGSRVA) command and specify a new value on the PTF install type

    (PTFINSTYP) parameter.