If a PTF shows as superseded then that PTF never existed on your system. The function or fix provided by the PTF was applied to your system by a newer, or superseding, PTF (or two, or three....) The only thing that exists is this marker in the PTF DB.

If a PTF shows as permanently applied AND there is already a superseding PTF applied then this PTF also exists ONLY as a marker in the PTF DB. It no longer exists as it is superseded. The difference between this and above is that at some point this PTF WAS applied to your system while the above PTF never was.

If the permanently applied PTF has NOT yet been superseded then it's in play today on your system. When the supersede is eventually applied this PTF will be gone bit will remain as permanently applied for the life of the release.

Hopefully that helps clear up the situation a bit.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

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On 10/19/2015 3:56 PM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
I doubt this API will then help to clear it up:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/ssw_ibm_i_72/apis/qpzlstfx.htm?lang=en

I suspect that IBM changed the behavior at some PTF level.

Good luck determining that.
You'll have to make a decision as to whether or not you face the loader
full risk by not having that PTF definitively listed as "Permanently
Applied" vs just "superseded". Unless the "superseeding ptf" is also
permanently applied. If so, you should then be good to go.


Rob Berendt


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