BUILDAIX - "New and Improved!" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   
The last two weeks I have been working on a next release of buildaix. Originally I was thinking of a "release" update from 1.0.X to 1.1.X. However, during the testing I have been coming up with several ideas that are 'major' enough to warrant a "version" update to 2.0.X.
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 March 2015 )
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Spring is in the air! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

I have been reviewing my tool buildaix for packaging opensource source tarballs to hopefully make my aixtools repository a more useful thing to use. There was 'an incident' that forced my attention - and basically a lot of things I have been thinking about but never had enough reason to do anything about it.

What forced my attention - updating gettext from 0.18.1.1 to 0.19.4 and then having everything that worked fine on 0.18.1.1 break when that was updated. That was not my idea of easy to use updates - so I pulled the updated package and started looking at what was different.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 )
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Rootvg down for 24 hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

I had a problem with the database server (a Linux based NAS device). And it took awhile before I could get it reset. But finally, I found someone to go and give it a hard reboot and the sites www.rootvg.net, www.aixtools.net and download.aixtools.net are all back up again - although there may be a few IP delays while the DNS caches refresh with the active addresses.

My apologies for the inconvience!

 
AIX Service Pack Numbering is broken PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

AIX Service Pack Numbering is out of sync with the release date

IMHO - In my humble opinion - the AIX oslevel identifer is broken. As a simple example, AIX 7.1 TL2 Service Pack 6 was just announced - January 30th, 2015 - but the oslevel string we are suppossed to see is: 7100-02-06-1441

In short, oslevel -s no longer provides a good indication of a service pack release date

How is this broken?

For years (i.e., through 2012-2013 at least) the last 4 digits of oslevel -s output  indicated the year and week of the release date.  So, for this service pack, by the "old rules" we should be seeing either 7100-02-06-1504 or 7100-02-06-1505 (depending on whether they wanted to say it was released in week 04 or week 05 of 2015!).

Why worry?

Well, IMHO again, appearances matter.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 February 2015 )
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POWER6 Firmware - the POODLE updates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

Sometime between last October (last time I checked) and today IBM decided to move nearly all the firmware support files related to POWER6. So, Iam not able (today) to update the POWER6 firmware table with the latest info. Assuming I find public URL's for the html information I will update the POWER6 firmware sheet again.

Take Note: There is new firmware - mainly to address POODLE concerns it seems (check your self via FixCentral ) - rather than functional and/or bug fixes.

 
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