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Globalization/Secondary languages considerations when upgrading the IBM i
Good day. Many IBM i systems use secondary languages that need to be taken into consideration when planning to upgrade the IBM i OS. If your machine uses secondary languages, the LPPs languages must also be upgraded to the newer version, the language versions are not part of the "usual" installation images and you need to download the desired secondary language(s) and upgrade them separately.
I have noticed several cases where people simply just use the BASE and GROUP images for the upgrade and don't notice a secondary language needs to be upgraded as well, even when the documentation for the upgrade mentions it as well.
Could we have an additional check in the PRUV tool that would remind the people to also get the upgraded version of the secondary languages to avoid unnecessary problems for our clients in case they use secondary languages on the IBM i?
Or - when the image catalog with the upgrade images is being verified for *UPGRADE, it is capable of checking for acceptance of the software agreements. Maybe it could check for the existence of QSYSxxxx libraries, that contain the secondary languages, and if the mounted image catalog does not contain required secondary language images (maybe by scraping the contents of the IFS directory where it's mounted, or and extra output of the WRKOPTVOL command, I don't know), it would produce an error "Verification failed" so we'd know we don't have those secondary lng installed.
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