Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2007 15:22 UTC, submitted by kev009
General Unix Prior to the general availability of AIX 6, IBM intends to make a pre-release version of AIX 6 available in an open beta. "AIX is an open, standards-based UNIX operating system that provides the enterprise information technology infrastructure for thousands of clients around the world. IBM intends to take the next step in the evolution of the AIX operating system with the release of the AIX V6.1 OS."
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RE[6]: New Features
by boing on Wed 23rd May 2007 18:17 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: New Features"
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I have been using Solaris 10 since it was released originally. When it was released originally patch clusters were not happening very often. That is why I started using smpatch and updatemanager. I don't think it was them forcing people, just they didn't keep up with things for Solaris 10. So I continued to use smpatch, patchadd, and updatemanager. After using it for awhile it eventually put 2 systems into a corrupted state.

But I will agree with you, I suggest anyone doing patching on Solaris stick with the Patch Clusters. As you said you, and I know I, have both had issues with the smpatch and updatemanager tools.

Also I found that some 3rd party packages can corrupt things also. Which is another reason why I would like to see a better package management system.

So your safe bet, use only Sun packages, and use patch clusters. At least until they fix the package management to prevent 3rd party apps from corrupting things, and smaptch/updatemanager.

But it is hard to tell what works or not until you get bitten.

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