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IBM Installation Manager command line (imcl) - listAvailablePackages

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If you have not yet installed IBMs Installation Manager, check out our article on installing Installation Manager.


remote repository vs. local repository

When listing the available packages in a repository, you will need to include the location of the repository, like this.

imcl listAvailablePackages 
-repositories <repository location>

 

One option is to use the IBM HTTP URL that contains the installation files for a product. This is known as an "IBM service repostiory". Additionally, when using an IBM service repository, you will need to provide your IBM username and password to. One option to provide your username and password is by using the -prompt, which will prompt you to provide your username and password. Another option is to store your username in a secure storage file and to store your password in a master password file, and to then using the -secureStorageFile and -masterPasswordFile options on the command line.

./imcl listAvailablePackages 
-repositories http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80 
-prompt or -secureStorageFile /path/to/secure_storage.txt and -masterPasswordFile /path/to/master_password.txt

 

Another option is to download the installation files from Fix Central or using the Packaging Utility. This is known as a "local repository". In this example, the installation files are in the /tmp/WebSphere directory on the local server.

imcl listAvailablePackages 
-repositories /tmp/WebSphere

 

In this example, we will check to see the packages that are available in the http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90 repository.

./imcl listAvailablePackages
-repositories http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90
-prompt or -secureStorageFile /path/to/secure_storage.txt and -masterPasswordFile /path/to/master_password.txt

 

listAvailablePackages will produce output like this. In this example, com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90 is the offering ID. Following the offering ID is the version.release.modification.fixpack, such as 9.0.0.20160526_1854.

com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90_9.0.0.20160526_1854
com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90_9.0.1.20160906_0049
com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90_9.0.2.20161108_1719
com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90_9.0.3.20170217_1945
com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90_9.0.4.20170523_1327
com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90_9.0.5.20170918_1844
com.ibm.websphere.BASE.v90_9.0.6.20171205_1311

 

Be aware that IBM has a number of different repositories. For example, http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80 is the repository to install IBMs Java, which will produce output like this.

com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.2010.20160224_1829
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.3000.20160720_1754
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.3020.20161124_1304
com.ibm.websphere.IBMJAVA.v80_8.0.4005.20170626_0627

 



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