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Customized Program Temporary Fixes Ordering Method with Reduced Package Size

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116245D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lu, P: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for reducing the size of Program Temporary Fix (PTF) packages sent to customers. PTF packages created using this method will still provide the customer with all the needed PTFs.

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Customized Program Temporary Fixes Ordering Method with Reduced Package
Size

      Disclosed is a method for reducing the size of Program
Temporary Fix (PTF) packages sent to customers.  PTF packages created
using this method will still provide the customer with all the needed
PTFs.

      Some of the problems with PTF packages today are that they are
very large, take a long time to install and cannot, practically, be
distributed electronically by customers.

      This new method uses a bitmap to represent the PTFs and
Licensed Program Product (LPP) that are already installed on the
customer's system.  If the customer has multiple systems, then a
"combined" bitmap for all the systems can be created.

      The bitmap that contains all the PTF and LPP information can be
sent electronically or via mail on a diskette.  Once the location
receives the bitmap it will be stored on a local system.

      When a customer submits an order for a PTF package, the
location will enter the bitmap number on the PTF order screen.  If
the bitmap was found on the local system, then the bitmap will be
processed to create a list of "unneeded"  PTFs.  The list of unneeded
PTFs will be all the PTFs that are already installed on the
customer's system and all the PTFs associated with LPPs that the
customer does NOT have installed on the system.

      The list of the unneeded PTFs will be submitted along with the
PTF package request.  The result will be a tape that c...