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mksysb - yes, something new!
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vgLog - Michael in the Morning
Written by Michael Felt   

We have always known that backups using mksysb could be done on a live system - except it may be necessary to stop certain applications that keep meta information in rootvg. That time has been - massively - shortened. And, fortunately, this is "so old" we should all have it by now.

Basically, before generating a list of files to makeup AIX is making a "LVM snapshop" of the rootvg - and then backing up that list of files. So, to be safe - still stop your vital applications BUT! once you see this:

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 December 2016 )
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Feels like cheating - openSSL updates
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AIX - Tools for AIX
Written by Michael Felt   
But maybe pragmatic is a better word.

What did I do? - that feels like cheating!

I am copying archive members from one library to another library so that the run-time linker finds the archive member it is looking for. The run-time linker search for a member is not exhaustive.

FYI - this article sat as draft for over year. I will write part two today - which covers what I did - better learned about packaging - between July 2015 when I wrote what is below - and today, 23 Sept 2016

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 September 2016 )
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AIXTOOLS - works in progress
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vgLog - Michael in the Morning
Written by Michael Felt   

Since getting back from vacation, over a month ago, I have been quite busy with my basement (stopping a flood before all my systems got shorted out) AND working on new packages for AIXTOOLS.

Unfortunately, it looks as if my patch for python ctypes.find_library() is not going to be accepted in time for it to be official in Python3.6. Have my fingers crossed. However, that does not stop me from including it in my packaged version.

Speaking of python brings up things that use python, such as cloud-init for AIX. I moved my packaging from "test" to it's own page - http://www.aixtools.net/index.php/cloudinit. And, I am happy to say I hear "my python " is becoming more popular "as the python to use" on VIOS. No RPM's needed - and you can uninstall it. Something I think can be very useful for a VIOS.

 

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