YUM! Tools for IBM PowerLinux servers - Help for those installing or running Linux on IBM Power Systems
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For many years, the IBM eClient Support Tools team in Austin, Texas, has been working hand-in-hand with IBM Linux Technology Center teams in both the United States and Brazil to provide a web site that contains a set of tools for users running Linux on IBM Systems with POWER-based technology.
The Service and productivity tools for POWER Linux users site began by providing several diagnostic tools, often called RAS tools (Reliability, Availability, Scalability), for supported Linux distributions on IBM Power Systems. Originally, the site included tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) on three different types of Power Systems platforms:
Most of the RAS tools helped system administrators with various hardware diagnostics. Over the years, we added tools to help with such things as performance management and other productivity issues. Users would go to the site, click the link for their Linux distribution (RHEL or SLES) on the appropriate platform, and then download the various tools.
Next, we added the IBM Installation Toolkit for PowerLinux servers and the IBM Software Development Kit (SDK) for PowerLinux servers to the site.
The site has always been useful, but downloading the service and productivity tools individually could be cumbersome, even though most RPMs were small.
What did we do about it?
To address the multiple downloads issue, we added YUM repository capability in 2012. YUM (Yellowdog Updater, Modified) is a package-management utility for Linux RPMs. It is Open Source and runs from the command line. From the RAS tools site, you can download the RPM that configures your Linux installation to download and install packages from the YUM repository, making both downloading and installation of these tools much easier.
The LTC teams refer to this YUM repository as the IBM PowerLinux Tools Repository. It hosts all the RAS tools and the tools in the IBM SDK for PowerLinux package.
What about the future?
We plan to keep improving support for Linux distributions. In fact, the LTC team for the service and productivity tools is planning to add support for Fedora in 2013. I'm excited to work with the LTC team to improve support for users who run Linux on POWER-based IBM Systems.
What about now?
Explore the current website: http
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