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ptf article Published by: clbirk on 25 Nov 2011 view comments(3)

Bob went through a list of what one has to do to apply ptf's and how it should be about a month ago on the rpg report.

Well, I don't differ that it should be "easy" to do, I think the way bob has outlined is the hard way to do it, and sure not the way I do it.


I don't mess with ftp, that virtual optical drive, etc.  I go and click all the categories I want, and then I use the java based method and do the downloads and it skips any I already have. And then I am ready to apply them, no farting with the virtual optical drive, etc.

Granted I don't know why directly from os/400 we can't have a simple screen with the cats on them and let it do it directly etc. but by using the "load direct" that I use, I don't have to do the ftp, and then all the junk related to the virtual drive.  And it skips the ones I already have, etc.


maybe I am missing something here.



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Posted by: bobcozzi
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Posted: 12 years 4 months 22 days 15 hours 3 minutes ago

Java method you use? Explain.

Posted by: clbirk
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Posted: 12 years 4 months 22 days 14 hours 36 minutes ago

when I am logged into ibm fix central, one of the many options that it gives me is an option to "download directly to my system (java enabled browser required).


Then it will ask me for the ip address of the i, and a user/pw and it writes them all in qgpl.


It is the first option on page:



It sure beats messing with going after it via ftp and all that stuff with virtual optical devices




Posted by: clbirk
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Posted: 6 years 10 months 17 days 13 hours 16 minutes ago

As posted 5.5 years ago, about using the download option within fixcentral, it works pretty good. Sometimes you run into some issue with certain browsers (chrome) who don't like to play with java or the version of java.

What I never had used was the sndptford which honestly is just as easy if not easier, let the ibm i go get them and put them out there etc. I have heard others talk about getting the via ftp and doing that virtual image etc. and I had gotten a notice from ibm that the ftp option was going away, but don't know if it has or just what.

I am doing lot more sndptord and it works well as anything. The one argument I heard was that well it creates more files in qgpl which is on the library list, etc.  but you know if you download, apply them (*service) and then run DLTPTF which will delete all those *savf, it really has no impact.

so maybe someone else has some insight into this...