How to download and install an interim fix in WebSphere (command line)

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Before installing an interim fix, it may be helpful to recongize the difference between an Interim Fix, a Fix Pack, and a Service Pack.

  • Interim Fix - Individual fixes for confirmed defect with a product. 
  • Fix Pack - A collection of new fixes since the last fix pack, released about once every 4 months. 
  • Service Pack - A significant release.

 

There are two methods to install an interim fix. You can either install the interim fix using IBM's HTTP repository, or you can download the fix pack from Fix Central.

 


Install the interim fix using IBM's HTTP repository

You will begin by identifying the interim fix you want to install. This can be done by browsing the interim fixed available from Fix Central. In this example, the interim fix is 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368, which will install interim fix PH01368 on version 9.0.0.7 of WebSphere. You would only install this interim fix if you are currently running version 9.0.0.7 of WebSphere. Since the fix is being installed over HTTP, there is no need to download the interim fix from fix central. 

 

Before installing the interim fix, you will want to stop the product that the fix is being installed on.

 

Install the iterim fix. In this example, the WebSphere BASE HTTP repository is being used.

~]# /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl 
      install 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368
      -installationDirectory /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
      -repositories http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90
      -prompt

 

If the interim fix is successfully installed, the following output will be displayed.

Installed 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368_9.0.7.20180810_1256 to the /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer directory.

 

Likewise, listed the installed packages will show that the interim fix has been installed.

~]# /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listInstalledPackages -long
/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer : 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368_9.0.7.20180810_1256 : 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368 : 9.0.7.20180810_1256

 

After the interim fix has been installed, you can then start the product that the fix was installed on.

 


Download interim fix from Fix Central

You will begin by downloading the interim fix you want to install from Fix Central or using IBMs Packaging Utility. In this example, the interim fix is 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368, which will install interim fix PH01368 on version 9.0.0.7 of WebSphere. You would only download this interim fix if you are currently running version 9.0.0.7 of WebSphere. In this example, 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368.zip will be downloaded. Place the downloaded file somewhere on the product being patched, such as in the /tmp directory (Linux).

 

Create a directory for the interim fix.

~]# mkdir -p /opt/IBM/IF/9.0.0.7/PH01368

 

Unzip the downloaded interim fix into the newly created directory.

~]# 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368.zip -d /opt/IBM/IF/9.0.0.7/PH01368

 

Before installing the interim fix, you will want to stop the product that the fix is being installed on.

 

Install the iterim fix.

~]# /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl 
      install 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368
      -installationDirectory /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
      -repositories /opt/IBM/IF/9.0.0.7/PH01368/repository.config

 

If the interim fix is successfully installed, the following output will be displayed.

Installed 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368_9.0.7.20180810_1256 to the /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer directory.

 

Likewise, listed the installed packages will show that the interim fix has been installed.

~]# /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools/imcl listInstalledPackages -long
/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer : 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368_9.0.7.20180810_1256 : 9.0.0.7-WS-WASProd-IFPH01368 : 9.0.7.20180810_1256

 

After the interim fix has been installed, you can then start the product that the fix was installed on.



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