Using AIX SMIT's SUMA fastpath to download maintenance level upgrades

We're using SMIT's suma fastpath to download AIX 6.1 tech level 8. It's generating messages like this:

Download FAILED:    bos.alt_disk_install.boot_images.6.1.8.16.bff

What is the significance of these messages?
babyb00merAsked:
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woolmilkporcCommented:
SUMA can produce various error messages depending on the actual circumstances.
So what do those messages exactly say?

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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
They're all identical to the example I gave. They're labeled with "Download FAILED:" followed by the .bff file name.
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
These failures do not terminate the process. In fact, the one I started an hour ago is still running.
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
COMMAND STATUS

Command: running       stdout: yes           stderr: no

Before command completion, additional instructions may appear below.

[MORE...102]
Download FAILED:    bos.adt.prof.6.1.8.16.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.adt.utils.6.1.8.0.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.adt.syscalls.6.1.8.15.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.adt.syscalls.6.1.8.0.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.aixpert.cmds.6.1.8.16.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.ahafs.6.1.8.16.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.ahafs.6.1.8.15.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.ahafs.6.1.8.0.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.ae.6.1.7.15.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.aixpert.websm.6.1.8.16.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.alt_disk_install.rte.6.1.8.0.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.alt_disk_install.boot_images.6.1.8.16.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.alt_disk_install.rte.6.1.8.15.bff
Download FAILED:    bos.aixpert.websm.6.1.8.0.bff

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woolmilkporcCommented:
Does the machine in question have FTP internet access? (Firewall?)

Did you configure it properly?

Check with "suma -c", particularly in regard to proxy sever settings (if you must access the net via proxy). Since the HTTP access seems to work (you got the fileset list) pay special attention to the FTP protocol.

If required, change settings with

suma -c -a field=value

e.g.

suma -c -a HTTP_PROXY="myproxy.mydomain.tld"

The FIXSERVER_URL should be www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/fixget

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