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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories PTF and Service
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 9, 2020

Streamline PTF Process

The PTF process feels antiquated. It would be nice to be able to use a package manager to handle this.

This new command would be for installation, upgrade and viewing installed / available ptfs.

In pase:

ptf install XXXXXX # apply permanent
ptf temp XXXXXX # apply temporary
ptf upgrade XXXXXX # upgrade to newest level
ptf list available # show all ptfs available to be installed
ptf list installed # show all ptfs currently installed

In CL:

This would likely be reliant on the completion of:

Use Case:

This upgrade would allow for automation of PTF process. It would also make the PTF process easier to understand for people used to systems that use package managers.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Apr 16, 2020

    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 - PTF, Service
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Install, Upgrade, Licensing
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Mar 20, 2020

    The IBM i PTF process can be fully automated with the current PTF CL commands, APIs and SQL. PTF cover letters with special instructions must be reviewed for possible manual steps. Cumulative PTF packages have separate installation instructions that must be followed in case there are any PTFs that are identified in Preventive Service Planning (PSP) documents that must be omitted during install.

  • Guest
    Mar 11, 2020

    The IBM i PTF process can be fully automated with the current built in CL commands and SQL, so there is not much use to make IBM i look like a *nix system - it simply isn't *nix :)

  • Guest
    Mar 9, 2020

    I agree the ability to use a package manager in bash/pase would be handy but it cannot replace the functionality in IBM i itself.

    The existing commands in the native environment already allow for full automation however. Between the SQL capabilities added in the last few years and the capabilities of the CL Language I work with several systems where PTFs downloads, loads, and applies have been fully automated for many years already. Agree though that to do so requires knowledge of the base operating system and CL programming which clearly different from knowledge the average *nix developer would have.