These are the top 20 technotes for RationalClearCase that were reused during the past month to help solve your PMRs. In January the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
With IBM® Rational® ClearCase® - Cadence Integration, IBM brings its enterprise configuration and change management solution to analog, radio frequency, or mixed signal designers using Cadence Design Framework. This allows you to take advantage of core capabilities of IBM Rational ClearCase, without leaving your familiar design environment. This integration allows custom chip designers to complete ClearCase actions while in the Cadence Design Framework II toolset. This makes parallel development, co-development, and co-management of hardware and software domains and artifacts possible. Having common SCM tools for hardware and software development results in more flexibility in system integration and offers several other advantages. The following article describes those advantages and some of the important features of the ClearCase-Cadence integration – Integrate IBM Rational ClearCase with Cadence Design Framework II
Some of the benefits offered by this integration are as follows:
Manage projects more efficiently with unified processes and tools
Reduce integration work by standardizing configuration management tools
Provide traceability with change management
Rich user interface support through Cadence Design Framework II Library Manager, ClearCase Work Area Manager & Command line interface
Instant-on workspace support access with ClearCase dynamic views
Data integrity with atomic check-in
Support for large design files
Using ClearCase MultiSite in a globally distributed environment
Checkout design files instantly through Synchronous Request for Mastership in a replicated environment
Hierarchy Manager interface to efficiently manage design hierarchy.
Starting with ClearCase 22.214.171.124 and ClearCase 126.96.36.199, the Cadence Design Framework integration is included with ClearCase as a component that can be installed as part of the ClearCase install with IBM Installation Manager. For information on installing and upgrading Cadence Virtuoso Integration, refer to Infocenter here. And for detailed system requirements refer here.
The latest fix-pack release includes the following new features:
The Library Manager > Design Manager menu and the ClearCase Work Area Manager > File menu include the new menu item Set config spec. By default, Set config spec initiates a reevaluation of the current config spec (refer to setcs -current). It can also be used to specify the path to a config spec and to set the config spec to its default values.
The ClearCase Work Area Manager > ClearCase drop-down menu now includes the menu item, Scan checkedout directories... In the absence of a context, this menu item scans all managed libraries for checked out directories. If a category is set as the context, scanning is confined to the cells and subcategories of that category. The results of a scan are displayed in a form that enables you to check in directories and cancel directory checkouts.
The ClearCase Work Area Manager context menu for cell views includes a new option, Show labels..., that displays all labels that are attached to the currently selected version of the cell view.
For more information about this release refer to the release notes here.
Greetings from IBM Rational ClearCase Client Support!
We are glad to invite you to the OpenMic* session on "ClearCase 8.0.1 - New features and Planning for Upgrade".
Keeping in mind that version 7.1.2.x is about to reach its ‘End of Support - 30th Sept 2014’, this session will help you plan your IBM Rational ClearCase upgrade to the latest supported version.
Please join us virtually on Wednesday, September 24th 2014 at 14:30 IST
*OpenMic is a conference call along with webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions.
Topic: "ClearCase 8.0.1 - New features and Planning for Upgrade"
IBM Rational ClearCase 8.0.1.x being the latest version has many new features introduced. We would be presenting the new features, advantages of ClearCase 8.0.1.x and upgrade information.
When:24th September 2014 at 14:30 IST (India Standard Time)
Following are the key areas which we will cover:
Introduction to ClearCase 8.0.x
CCRC WAN Server
Why ClearCase 8.0.x
Planning your upgrade to ClearCase 8.0.x
Technotes to be referred and useful links
The speakers are all a part of the IBM Rational Clearcase Support Team with significant experience in the Software Configuration Management domain.
Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since our last post on April 17th! These links are provided to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products:
Clearcase Version Importer: Migrate to Rational Team Concert Source Control Management- A new, simpler tool for importing ClearCase version history into Rational Team Concert (RTC) was introduced in RTC 4.0.5. This is a new stand-alone tool that does not require ClearCase synchronization to be set up to use it. This presentation will first provide an overview of the difference between ClearCase and RTC SCM, then talk about the new migration tool and its enhanced capability in upcoming RTC release. You will understand how the tool can help you migrating the data successfully and it concludes with a live demo of the migration tool.
We are glad to invite you to the OpenMic* session on "ClearCase 8.0.x - New features and Planning for Upgrade". Keeping in mind that version 7.1.2.x is reaching its ‘End of Support’ by April 2014, this session will help you in planning your ClearCase upgrade to latest supported version. Please join us virtually for a one hour long session on Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 at 3:00 PM IST.
*OpenMics are a series of conference calls and/or webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions on a specific technical topic.
Topic: ClearCase 8.0.x - New features and Planning for Upgrade
IBM Rational ClearCase 8.0.x.x being the latest version has many new features introduced. We would be presenting the new features, advantages of ClearCase 8.0.x.x and upgrade instructions.
When: 23rd October 2013 3:00pm IST (GMT+5:30)
Following are the key areas which we would cover:
Introduction to ClearCase 8.0.x
CCRC WAN Server
Why ClearCase 8.0.x
Planning your upgrade to ClearCase 8.0.x
Technote to be referred and useful links
Upgrade assistance program
Amarnath Srinivas has been a part of IBM Rational Client Support supporting WW clients on various CCM Products like ClearCase, Synergy, Change, ClearQuest. He has overall 9+ years of experience in IT industry mainly in the Configuration management and Network domain. Currently he is performing the role of Technical Support Specialist for ClearCase. He is also part of IBM lab IT infrastructure team hosting and managing ESX environment for WW Rational Client Support.
Avinash Srinivasamurthy is a Staff Software Engineer at IBM Rational Client Support. He is an Accelerated Value Leader for a major Telecom and a Banking client. He also performs the role of Technical Support specialist for ClearCase. With a Masters degree in "Software Systems", he has 7 years of experience in the IT industry mainly in the Configuration management domain. He has been actively involved in the ClearCase implementations and the Upgrade assistance program for major clients.
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Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since September 17th! These links below are provided to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products.... Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously missed:
I have just been working on couple of IBM Rational ClearCase issues where a downgrade of the nfs version from nfs 4 was needed on their RHEL machines. So, I am sharing the info about the steps to downgrade the nfs version so that it can be handy if any of you also come across the same issues.
For example, when you run showmount -e, you will find the following output for the specific mount point:
RCSRHEL6164:/ccstg on /net/RCSRHEL6164/ccstg type nfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,intr,sloppy,vers=4,addr=188.8.131.52,clientaddr=192.168.199.253)
In the above we see that the mount point is using "vers=4" which stands for nfs 4
So if you have to downgrade to nfs 3, then do the following:
On the Server:
Edit /etc/sysconfig/nfs to have following lines:
Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since June 19th! Presented below to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products....
One of our own Technical Support Engineers and content creators has his own blogon developerWorks and is now delivering some great ClearCase specific information to help address issues he discovers in the course of his job supporting the product.
Pedro Luiz Teixeira de Moura is just getting started with his blog, but already has some quality posts in his back pocket of the archives for you to check out:
We're back from Innovate, IBM's Technical Summit and on the tails of our mid-year release cycles. Even with the busy schedules this past month, our authors are still committed to getting you the best information we can to help you be successful with our products an in your daily work. To that end, here's the articles, featured downloads and upcoming webcasts that went live on developerWorks Rational recently:
Find out for yourself: 7 new video demonstrations
Special-focus narrated demonstrations of five Rational software applications: Rational DOORS Next Generation features and administration, Rational Requirements Composer user and project admin, Rational Rhapsody models with Rational Publishing Engine reports, business-critical uses of Rational Focal Point
Simplify user management for Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications By: Pranab Agarwal, Advisory Software Engineer, IBM and Navneet R. Srivastava, Senior Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Integrate the Jazz Team Server for Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications with Rational Directory Server for common directory services Product: IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational Quality Manager, IBM Rational Team Concert
Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight: Parts 1-4 By: Bhargav Perepa, WebSphere Architect and IT Specialist, IBM
Bhargav Perepa explains how to use IBM® Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere® Software and IBM® Worklight together to develop applications for mobile devices that run Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Metro operating systems Product: IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software
Configure Rational Team Concert to build ISPF Dialog Tag Language components By: Liam Doherty, Rational Team Concert Enterprise Extensions Architect, IBM
Many Rational customers use IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) Dialog Tag Language (DTL) on IBM z/OS systems to define and create their ISPF panels and messages. Invoking the ISPF DTL conversion utility requires different steps in the setup of the language definitions and translators in Rational Team Concert. Liam Doherty explains those steps. Product: IBM Rational Team Concert
Using PHP and cURL for server-side caching of dynamic web pages By: Igor Todorovski, Software Developer, IBM, Nancy Wang, Software Developer, IBM, and Leon Kiriliuk, Test Manager, IBM
Leon Kiriliuk, Igor Todorovski, and Nancy Wang explain how they save a substantial amount of processing and load time by using PHP and cURL to cache dynamic web pages on the server. Their method caches session variables, as well as the HTML. Products and technologies: C/C++ Compiler, COBOL, Fortran Compiler
The Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management is a set of seamlessly integrated applications that work together as one: IBM® Rational Team Concert, IBM® Rational® Quality Manager, and IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer.
We're inching closer to Innovate, IBM's Technical Summit, but we don't want to forget you, our core audience, who may not be able to attend this year. So, while you'll see an obvious up-tick in Innovate content over the past week and into the next few, we're still going to be blogging the best support information we can to help you be successful. As before, here's the articles, featured downloads and demos that went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Implement continuous integration in Rational Build Forge
By: Lily Wang, Technical Support Professional, IBM and Jin Feng, Technical Support Engineer, IBM
Create a continuous integration project in Build Forge and integrate it with a Rational ClearCase code library
Products: IBM Rational Build Forge, IBM Rational ClearCase
We are also pleased to feature Contributing Author Fariz Saracevic
Fariz Saracevic has worked for IBM Rational software since 2004 and is currently a member of the IBM Rational Offering Strategy and Delivery team. He leads agile ALM scenario design, as well as the Rational Money that Matters sample project team, to advance the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). He works closely with other Rational team leads to define and advance agile ALM and CLM capabilities. Before taking this CLM leadership role, Fariz was the Automated Software quality product manager. He co-authored Software Test Engineering with IBM Rational Functional Tester: The Definitive Resource (IBM Press, 2009) and has written or co-written several articles. Fariz speaks at worldwide conferences on the topic of agile ALM. He holds a master's degree in information technology from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University. Fariz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we're knee-deep in preparations for Innovate, IBM's Technical Summit, we're still committed to getting you the best information we can to help you be successful with our products an in your daily work. To that end, here's the articles, featured downloads and upcoming webcasts that went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Plan and design for product variants for long-term success
By: Joanne L. Scouler, Curriculum Architect, IBM and Martin R. Bakal, Worldwide Offering Manager, Electronics Industry, IBM
Incentives and best practices for a product variants strategy, implementation, and management Products: IBM Rational DOORS, IBM Rational ClearCase, IBM Rational Rhapsody
Hot off the reporting presses here in Rational Support, here are the top twenty technotes used in February to help solve the PMRs you reported. As always, these are taken directly from our PMR reports and tabulated to help you solve the same issues which you may be encountering:
Our fabulous developerWorks content authors have been at it again! Check out all the great items that have gone live on developerWorks Rational in the last three weeks:
Integrate enterprise and software architectures By: Steve Arnold, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM and Jas Atwal, Technical Consultant, IBM Save time and find traceability gaps by linking enterprise architecture elements in IBM Rational System Architect with model elements in IBM Rational Software Architect extension for Design Management. Products: Rational Software Architect, Rational System Architect
Top 12 Rational software articles in 2012 By: Robin Wood, Content Acquisition Editor for developerWorks Rational, IBM A time-saving round-up of the 12 most popular Rational articles published by developerWorks in 2012.
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Monica Luke: Monica Luke lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area. With more than 20 years experience in software engineering, she joined IBM Rational software 10 years ago in the test organization. During her 17 years as a test automation engineer and architect, she has repeatedly tackled the tough problems of building test automation solutions through frameworks that last and build triggered test solutions for complete lights-out testing. Testing and test automation remain a passion, and that has led Monica to move into the product management organization, where she has the opportunity to tackle these tough problems in the testing tools. Using an outside-in scenario design approach, Monica is happily influencing the next wave of Rational testing tools.
Paul has more than 25 years experience in developing systems, software, and hardware in the embedded and real-time systems industry. He is an OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional Model User, and a senior systems market manager for IBM Rational software and has worked with Rational software in various roles since 1995. Paul is a prolific author on developerWorks and has earned the Contributing Author badge.
We also highlighted the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
IBM Rational Software Architect IBM® Rational® Software Architect is an advanced and comprehensive application design, modeling and development tool for end-to-end software delivery. The latest version is updated with the latest in design and modeling technologies, comprehensive support for emerging technologies around BPMN2, SOA and Java™ Enterprise Edition 5, and delivers the best of breed tooling that integrates with IBM's application lifecycle management solutions. Evaluations available for Linux, Windows, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, and Mac OS.
Summertime is the perfect time to relax and sip some iced tea by the pool side, but that doesn't mean we in IBM Rational stop creating great articles to help you get the job done! No way! We're still working hard for you, even IF your loyal blog editor here hasn't highlighted them in a while. For that I beg your forgiveness and present to you the following items that have recently gone live over the past three weeks on developerWorks Rational:
During the week of August 13th, 2012:
How agile practices aid development of complex systems By Martin R. Bakal, Worldwide Offering Manager, Electronics Industry, IBM, Jennifer Althouse, Systems Sales Leader, IBM and Paridhi Verma, Go-to-Market Manager, Electronics Industry & Mobile, IBM This article explores how agile development, continuous integration (CI), and test-driven development (TDD) techniques can be employed in embedded software development. When applied as part of an architecture-based approach, these combined practices provide both high quality and project flexibility. Product: IBM Rational Quality Manager
Replicate and sync IBM ClearCase MultiSite repositories By Tata Consultancy Services' Rational Center of Excellence, Team of experts, Tata Consultancy Services Tips for developers from the Rational Center of Excellence team at Tata Consultancy. Product: IBM Rational ClearCase
Featured download: Rational Method Composer IBM Rational Method Composer, a flexible process management platform with the industry’s most comprehensive tooling and richest process library to help companies implement effective processes for successful software and IT projects.
During the week of August 6th, 2012
Document and automate processes with Rational Method Composer and Jazz: Part 4. Create new process assets By Ricardo Balduino, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA This series about the importance of documenting methods focuses on integrating Rational Method Composer with Rational Team Concert. In Part 4, Ricardo Balduino describes how a team adapts existing Rational Method Composer practices and creates a new process template in Rational Team Concert to run the project. Products: IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Method Composer
How Rational tools streamlined testing in the IBM Tivoli Rome Lab By Alessandro De Micco and Ilaria Gorga, Software Engineers, IBM, Italy Engineers from the IBM Tivoli software lab in Rome describe the significant differences in their daily work since they moved from using a Lotus Notes database and text documents to IBM Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager. Architects, project managers, developers, and testers all benefited, and they explain how. Products: IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM Rational Quality Manager
Configure DOORS and Rational Team Concert for globally distributed workers By Aggie Tang, Sharon Chen, and Yu Qin Dong, Globalization Shared Services Center, IBM, China This article explains how to set up servers and computers when your team includes individuals in different locations around the world. Readers can follow these steps and examples to configure their own working environments. (Requires intermediate-level knowledge of both Rational Team Concert and Rational DOORS.) Products: IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational DOORS
Manage builds easier with Jazz Team Build in Rational Team Concert By Veena H. Balakrishnaiah, Build and Release Engineer, IBM, India Veena H. Balakrishnaiah gives an overview of how to configure the source control and Jazz Team Build components of Rational Team Concert to define and manage software builds. Jazz Team Builds support automation, monitoring, and awareness of a team's regular builds. Product: IBM Rational Team Concert
Document and automate processes with Rational Method Composer and Jazz, Part 3 By Ricardo Balduino, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA In the third article in this series, Ricardo Balduino explains how customizing a process works. He describes how a team extends the process description included in Rational Method Composer to accommodate new process needs and how they automate that process in Rational Team Concert. Products: IBM Rational Method Composer and IBM Rational Team Concert
Change the ClearCase ALBD password easily with this updated utility By Mike Nellis, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA If you use Rational ClearCase with Microsoft Windows, ClearCase requires a Windows user account to start the Atria Location Broker Daemon (ALBD). You must change the password periodically for security. Mike Nellis explains how to use a utility included with this article to change the ALBD password quickly and easily. Product: IBM Rational ClearCase
IBM Rational ClearCase UCM users sometimes come across situations where you may want to cancel the rebase operation. While trying to cancel the rebase operation it might either hang or fail. Perhaps, after trying quite a few steps to resolve unsuccessfully, IBM Rational Client Support is contacted for assistance.
Here are a few basic cleartool commands that help us in Support (as well as application users like you) to take stock of the situation and analyze the problem. As always, the examples used here and the actual behaviour in your environment may vary.
--> Run the following command to check the current status of the rebase operation:
cleartool rebase -status -l -view <rebase-view-tag> -stream <stream-selector>
$ cleartool rebase -status -l -view test_view -stream 1n_RTP@/export/pvob No rebase in progress for stream "1n_RTP".
--> Run the following commands to verify why the rebase operation has a problem:
$ cleartool des -l activity:<rebase_activity_name>@/<pvob_name>
$ cleartool des -l activity:rebase.1n_RTP.20120526.042233@/export/pvob
activity "rebase.1n_RTP.20120526.042233" created 2012-05-26T04:22:33-04:00 by NK (email@example.com) "Integration activity created by rebase on 05/26/12 04:22:33. " master replica: rtp@/export/pvob owner: 1nitin group: nwwls stream: 1n_RTP@/export/pvob title: rebase 1n_RTP on 05/26/12 04:22:33. cleartool: Warning: A version in the change set of activity "rebase.1n_RTP.20120526.042233" is currently unavailable. change set versions: