Rob,

I'd like to know more about your java PTF issue, the Java PTFs always scare me.

Only ever had one bad PTF experience
Back in 03, a DB PTF caused certain opnqryf to give incorrect output, broke production, PTF was then determined to be defective, had to IPL to remove.

Has anyone found an easier way to review all the PTF cover letters, without having to visit every PTF individually.
I wrote a little utility to dump/combine all the cover letters, for Description, Special instructions, Corrections, and IPL action

1) DSPPTF LICPGM(*ALL) SELECT(*ALL) RLS(*ALL) OUTPUT(*OUTFILE) OUTFILE(QGPL/PTF)
2) CPYF FROMFILE(QGPL/QAPZCOVER) TOFILE(QGPL/QAPZCOVERC) FROMMBR(*ALL) MBROPT (*REPLACE) CRTFILE(*YES)
3) RPGLE pgm that selects the description, beginning to end of the cover letters.
4) RUNQRY QRY(PTFCOVSUM) dumps to printfile

Paul

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Subject: RE: If everything is working fine, why do PTF's?

Sometimes there are things that occur only when the moon is full. Let me give you an example. The government changes the date when daylight savings time occurs. Without being current on PTFs you will get burned.
(Unless you're in Arizona.)

Let's say that it uses Java or some such thing under the covers to send hardware alerts or whatnot. And it does some sort of SSL communication. A PTF could bring down a new certificate to replace one that is about to expire.

Search the following for 'integrity'
http://www-912.ibm.com/a_dir/as4ptf.nsf/$$search?openform
IBM fixes a lot of holes. Holes bad enough that they won't put what they were in the ptf cover letter.

These are things which could affect you even if you're running in a fat, dumb, and happy environment doing the same application you've been running for the last 15 years.

Can PTF application cause issues? You betcha. There's just something invigorating about having to run ENDJOBABN several times a day because a currently supported version of Sametime, on a currently supported version of the OS, and both are supported for each other, stops working because the Java group ptf (several levels down) is too new. (current open
pmr...)


Rob Berendt
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