Verifying this SUMA command...

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-09-19
wmp... we have AIX 6.1 with different levels, 6100-01-01, 6100-04-01 and 6100-06-01 and we want to download to NIM AIX6.1 TL 7 SP4, is this the right command to upgrade the 3 AIX to 6100-07-04?

suma -x -a RqType=SP -a RqName=6100-07-04 -a FilterML=6100-00  -a NotifyEmail=root@localhost -a DLTarget=/PATH/

Does this command downloads the whole  TL7 and also SP5? Or only downloads SP5?

Question by:sminfo
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    Good morning,

    to be sure you should add

    -a PreCoreqs=y
    -a Ifreqs=y

    but I think that's the default anyway.

    You will get a whole bunch of stuff with that command then ...


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    sorry wmp,

    What that meas? Why I don't see this parameters in the 'man suma'?
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    Yes, SUMA has its secrets ...

    "PreCoreqs" means

    "prerequisites": Filesets which  must be installed at the specified fileset level or at a higher level before the current filesets can install successfully.
    "corequisites": Ffilesets which must be installed for the current fileset to function successfully.

    "Ifreqs" means:

    "installed fileset level requisites":  Base level filesets which must be installed before the current filesets can install successfully.

    As I said, both default to "yes" and IBM seem to think that its always better downloading too many filesets instead of too few. So they don't mention these attributes in their docs,

    Our mutual friend "smitty" can set them, however. Try "smitty suma_task_defaults".

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    perfect!, one last question... what's the meaning if this parameter FilterML=7100-00?
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    FilterML is needed if you want to download more than would be required for updating  the machine running the SUMA task - because FilterML defaults to the output of "oslevel -r".

    So let's say you're planning to download stuff for updating a 6100-04 machine, but your SUMA server has already "oslevel-r" = 6100-06 - without FilterML=6100-04 you would just get the delta between 6100-06 and RqName, not the delta between 6100-04 and RqName.

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