Am RDz 220.127.116.11, TXSeries 18.104.22.168 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?
e.g. both dated Feb 2010 are ..
1. interim fix: 22.214.171.124-TXSeries-WINDOWS-InterimServiceFix28
Applies to versions: 126.96.36.199
Upgrades to: 188.8.131.52
Abstract: IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms 6.2 PTF1 InterimServiceFix28.
2. fix pack: 184.108.40.206-TXSeries-WINDOWS-PTF2
Applies to versions: 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124
Upgrades to: 126.96.36.199
Abstract: IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms 6.2 PTF2 for Windows Plaform.
IainBoyle 1000007R8Y37 Posts
Re: Fix pack versus Interim Fix2010-10-13T08:48:41ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.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 188.8.131.52 (PTF2 / Fixpack2). This should include InterimServiceFix28 automatically anyway as that should be included as part of the PTF2.