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Packaging Utility



IBM Packaging Utility has been made generally available and contains defect fixes.

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Table of Contents
Sections Description

The Change history section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.

The How critical is this fix section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.

The Prerequisites section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.

The Download package section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.

The Installation instructions section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.

The Known side effects section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.

Supporting Documentation
Document Description

Click to review the detailed system requirements information for a complete list of hardware requirements, supported operating systems, prerequisites and optional supported software, with component-level details and operating system restrictions.

IBM Knowledge Center provides an entry point to product documentation. You can view, browse, and search online information related to the product. Note that this release uses the 1.8.5 Knowledge Center.

Click to review a complete list of the defects (APARs) resolved in this release including a list of resolved defects for the entire version family.


Prerequisites include:

Review the Detailed System Requirements for any prerequisites required for this release.

Installation Instructions

Use Installation Manager to install and update Packaging Utility.

If Installation Manager is installed, you can use the Packaging Utility repository on to install or update Packaging Utility without downloading files. If Installation Manager is not installed, you must download the Packaging Utility files. Installation Manager is included in the Packaging Utility download packages.

The installer package for Packaging Utility is where platform indicates the operating system and version indicates the version of Packaging Utility. The installer package contains files for only one platform. Using this package, you can install Packaging Utility and Installation Manager by running the install command. You can also add this package as a repository in Installation Manager and use the package to update Packaging Utility.

The fix pack package for Packaging Utility is The fix pack contains files for all supported platforms. You can add this fix pack as a repository to update Packaging Utility. You cannot install Packaging Utility or Installation Manager with this fix pack.

Packaging Utility is available in 64-bit mode. Review information information about bit mode for installation or updates: Packaging Utility bit mode information .

For more information about Packaging Utility and Installation Manager, review the Installation Manager Knowledge Center .


Install or update Packaging Utility without downloading files

You must have Internet access and Installation Manager must be installed to install or update Packaging Utility without downloading files. The Packaging Utility repository located on contains the latest version of Packaging Utility.

You must have an IBM user name and password to access the repository. To register for these credentials, go to:

IBM Knowledge Center topics that are specified by operating system for installing and updating Packaging Utility. The installation topics contain information about downloading the Installation Manager installation files.

Operating System Action Packaging Utility topic located in the IBM Installation Manager Knowledge Center
Mac OS X operating system
Installation Installing Packaging Utility in wizard mode
Installing Packaging Utility by using console mode
Installing or updating Packaging Utility by using imcl commands
Update Updating Packaging Utility in wizard mode
Updating Packaging Utility by using console mode
Installing or updating Packaging Utility by using imcl commands
IBM z/OS Installation Installing Packaging Utility by using console mode
Installing or updating Packaging Utility by using imcl commands
Update Updating Packaging Utility by using console mode
Installing or updating Packaging Utility by using imcl commands

Download Package

The following sections provide detailed information related to this release.

Click the FC link below to obtain the release from Fix Central.

How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This is a service release. It includes fixes for internally found defects.

Test Results


Regression: An error in the Maintenance Delivery Vehicle (MDV) that produces incorrect or unexpected behavior causing a supported feature to stop functioning as designed.
This includes:

  • Coding errors that cause a regression
  • Documentation or packaging problems that cause a regression
  • Errors reported in a new function delivered in a MDV that cause a regression

Incomplete: An error in the MDV has not regressed, but does not work as designed.
This includes:

  • Fixed APARs which did not solve the original problem but did not break anything new
  • APARs reporting documentation errors, such as readme errors, that cause problems applying an MDV but do not lead to a regression

  • Regression and incomplete APARs are considered fix-in-error or MDV-in-error
  • Definitions above apply only to valid APARs that result in product fixes (APARs returned as working-as-designed are not assessed for being fix-in-error)
  • Issues in major releases due to new functionality do not apply in this definition

Problems Solved

Defects resolved

Click the Fix List link in the table of contents above to review a list of the problems solved in this release.

Known Side Effects

There are no known issues or open defects.

Open defects

Review the following list of open defects for IBM Installation Manager and Packaging Utility on the IBM Support Portal.

Review technote 1461170: Open APARs for Rational products available on the Web for information on how to configure your MyNotifications subscription account and subscribe to the APARs you are interested in following.

Change History

What's new

  • No new features or functions.

Click the "FC" link in the Download Options column:

Note: Selecting the FC link takes you to IBM Fix Central. You will be presented with two or more downloads of varying sizes. At minimum, you will see the Installer and Fix Pack download and more downloads if there are hardware variants.

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Document Information

Modified date:
26 November 2019