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  • Latest Post - ‏2010-10-13T16:06:17Z by graham40
graham40
graham40
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Pinned topic Fix pack versus Interim Fix

‏2010-10-12T15:28:58Z |
Hello,

Am RDz 7.1.1.4, TXSeries 6.2.0.1 s620-L081022 on Windows XP SP3.

Am looking to see if there's any 'improvements' to my TXSeries. I found two seemingly relevant. But can somebody tell me the difference between a fix pack and an interim fix? I could/should do which?

Please, Thanks,
Graham Hobbs

e.g. both dated Feb 2010 are ..

1. interim fix: 6.2.0.1-TXSeries-WINDOWS-InterimServiceFix28
InterimServiceFix
Platforms: Windows
Applies to versions: 6.2.0.1
Upgrades to: 6.2.0.1
Severity:
Categories:
Abstract: IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms 6.2 PTF1 InterimServiceFix28.
18-Feb-2010
2. fix pack: 6.2.0.2-TXSeries-WINDOWS-PTF2
6.2.0.2-TXSeries-WINDOWS-PTF2

Platforms: Windows
Applies to versions: 6.2.0.0, 6.2.0.1, 6.2.0.2
Upgrades to: 6.2.0.2
Severity:
Categories:
Abstract: IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms 6.2 PTF2 for Windows Plaform.
Updated on 2010-10-13T16:06:17Z at 2010-10-13T16:06:17Z by graham40
  • IainBoyle
    IainBoyle
    37 Posts

    Re: Fix pack versus Interim Fix

    ‏2010-10-13T08:48:41Z  
    Hi Graham,

    A fixpack is a collection of individual fixes rolled up into one installable package. All the fixes are tested as a group to ensure there are no unwanted side effects between the individual fixes.
    An interim fix is a one off fix to a specific problem. There is no guarantee that the fix doesn't have a knock on effect in other areas of the product.

    If it helps, think of a fixpack as a MS Windows Service Pack and an interim fix as the individual patches MS Updater applies every week to you Windows machine.

    In general, I think it is reasonable to apply a fixpack when available - they fix lots of problems and occasionally add new functionality. I would not suggest apply an interim fix unless you have encountered the specific problem fixed by the interim fix.

    In your case, there should be no harm in applying 6.2.0.2 (PTF2 / Fixpack2). This should include InterimServiceFix28 automatically anyway as that should be included as part of the PTF2.

    Iain
  • graham40
    graham40
    127 Posts

    Re: Fix pack versus Interim Fix

    ‏2010-10-13T16:06:17Z  
    • IainBoyle
    • ‏2010-10-13T08:48:41Z
    Hi Graham,

    A fixpack is a collection of individual fixes rolled up into one installable package. All the fixes are tested as a group to ensure there are no unwanted side effects between the individual fixes.
    An interim fix is a one off fix to a specific problem. There is no guarantee that the fix doesn't have a knock on effect in other areas of the product.

    If it helps, think of a fixpack as a MS Windows Service Pack and an interim fix as the individual patches MS Updater applies every week to you Windows machine.

    In general, I think it is reasonable to apply a fixpack when available - they fix lots of problems and occasionally add new functionality. I would not suggest apply an interim fix unless you have encountered the specific problem fixed by the interim fix.

    In your case, there should be no harm in applying 6.2.0.2 (PTF2 / Fixpack2). This should include InterimServiceFix28 automatically anyway as that should be included as part of the PTF2.

    Iain
    Hi Iain,
    Long time no talk. Super answer, thanks very much.
    Graham