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The Brit
Honored Contributor

TCPIP Service ECO5

A couple of days ago I received notification that ECO5 had been released for TCPIP Services. I went to ftp.itrc.hp.com and navigated to

openvms_patches > i64 > layered_products > i64,

But the kit was not there.

All of the other ECO's are there (1 - 4), but ECO 5 is not there. Am I looking in the wrong place, or am I just jumping the gun ??

Dave.
18 REPLIES
Oswald Knoppers_1
Valued Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

It is over here:

http://www13.itrc.hp.com/service/patch/patchDetail.do?BC=main|search|patchDetail{HP-I64VMS-TCPIP-V0506-9ECO5-1,{openvms:i64:8.2,}}|&patchid=HP-I64VMS-TCPIP-V0506-9ECO5-1&sel={openvms:i64:8.2,}
The Brit
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Yes, I've been there. However I dont like the added complication of downloading to an intermediate system and then ftpin' over to my cluster. I would much rather ftp directly to the destination machine.

So I was hoping that it was available somewhere on the itrc FTP server.

Dave.
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

"ECO5" for _what_, exactly?

tcpip show version

> [...]{openvms:i64:8.2,}[...]

There's something called

HP-I64VMS-TCPIP-V0506-9ECO5-1.ZIPEXE /.txt

under

ftp://ftp.itrc.hp.com/openvms_patches/i64/V8.2/

too.

TCPIP versions are tied so closely to VMS
versions these days that finding it among the
OS things instead of layered_products should
not amaze, I claim. Of course, a little
consistency might be nice, too.
Jan van den Boogaard_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Strange days...

The patches directory for 8.2 Alpha has a file called
".DEC-AXPVMS-TCPIP-V0506-9ECO5-1.ZIPEXE" while V0506 is coupled to 8.3.

The patches directory for 8.3 Alpha has no TCPIP patch anymore (not even ECO4).

This directory also has files with datetimestamps in the future.
labadie_1
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

I still miss the australian ECO site (no longer updated), which was a model for finding easily a patch, find which patch contained the latest image for anything...

It was a model of ergonomy, so HP shut it, and kept the worst site.

Have a look to
http://ftp.hp.com.au/

ECO Indexes
» Chronological Index
» Indexed by Version
» Indexed by Rating
» Alpha Indexed by Name
» VAX Indexed by Name
» On Hold List

:-(
The Brit
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

I hate to say this, but it looks like this is another example of how loose the OpenVMS patching service has become in recent years.

In the alerts e-mail, the ECO is list as

Products: Open VMS i64 8.X patch.

and under description,

Kit Applies To: OpenVMS Integrity Server V8.2

So I am forced to ask - Is this OK for OpenVMS 8.3-1H1 bladeservers??

Dave
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Dave,

another warning: the TCPIP V5.6 ECO 9 kits for OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS I64 seem to have been re-released as evidenced by the entries in the DECUServe ECO notes file:

http://eisner.decus.org/DECUServe/DECnotes/ECO/2658/SDIR.HTML

Volker.
Graham Burley
Frequent Advisor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Colin Butcher
Esteemed Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Hi,

You'll find these latest TCPIP ECO05 kits available by FTP at: ftp.itrc.hp.com/openvms_patches/alpha/V8.2
and: ftp.itrc.hp.com/openvms_patches/i64/V8.2

This breaks established conventions whereby we're previously seen them in the layered_products directory tree. I have to agree - it's another example of how the process of distributing patches has become too sloppy.

Over the past 2 years or so we've seen far too many patch kits being re-issued to fix things or update things - without the necessary rigour being applied to file naming, file locations, version numbering and documentation.

Can we please stick with established conventions, unless there's a really good reason to make changes.

Bear in mind that many of us work in environments where reliability and stability are the things that matter, so we have appropriate (and sometimes over-the-top) processes and procedures to follow before we put new versions and patches into service on production systems. For example, you can't just toss a patch into service on a major finance data system, or a national healthcare system, or an air traffic control systems.

Careless errors in patch kits and changes to the way that patches are published cause us a lot of unnecessary work and annoyance, which in turn leads to the businesses that run these systems becoming annoyed by it as well - which is bad for all of us.

Cheers, Colin (http://www.xdelta.co.uk).
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem (Occam's razor).
The Brit
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

As pointed out by Steven, " a little consistency woutd be nice!"

It seemed to me that the layered_products folder was clearly the most appropriate place to put it, however if, as Steven claims, TCPIP is tightly aligned to the OS version, then I really needs to be available under all versions to which it applies.

Given Stevens comment, plus the fact that the description specifies v8.2, and it is located in folder V8.2, I am really not comfortable installing this on V8.3-1H1.

I really didn't think there was a strong coupling between TCPIP versions and OpenVMS versions!

Dave.
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Dave,

I can assure you, TCPIP V5.6 is the current version of TCPIP for OpenVMS V8.2 and later !

If you look back at the TCPIP V5.6 ECO 1 release notes for OpenVMS I64, it says:

'2.3 Version(s) of OpenVMS to which this kit may be applied:

OpenVMS Alpha V8.2 and later'

I probably means: OpenVMS I64 V8.2 or later

The structure and kind of information presented in the release notes has changed with TCPIP V5.6 ECO 4 (released 22-JUL-2009) ahs changed and unfortunatley left out the 'or later' string.

Volker.
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Dave,

the DECUServe ECO notes conference is a good resource for viewing current and older OpenVMS release notes:

http://decuserve.org/anon/htnotes/conf?f1=ECO

Volker.
Ian Miller.
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

I note the wording now says

2.3 Version(s) of OpenVMS to which this kit may be applied:

OpenVMS Integrity servers V8.2 and later


and the date is now 6-MAR-2010

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labadie_1
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Colin said

>>>Over the past 2 years or so we've seen far too many patch kits being re-issued to fix things or update things - without the necessary rigour being applied to file naming, file locations, version numbering and documentation.

And HP is certified ISO 9002, and many others I guess...

It would be funny if we were in the mood for laughing

:-(

The Brit
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Thanks for the information and the clarification guys.

I still think that the ECO kits need to be included in the OS Version folder for all versions that it applies to.

Why would I (or should I) look for a product under a VMS Version I am not running???

Dave.
Ian Miller.
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

I note the TCPIP kits moved yesterday to
the layered products directory

ftp://ftp.itrc.hp.com/openvms_patches/layered_products/i64/

ftp://ftp.itrc.hp.com/openvms_patches/layered_products/alpha/

HP is listening :-)

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Purely Personal Opinion
The Brit
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

Great!

(Now we wait for the next release, and do it all over again.)

Dave.
The Brit
Honored Contributor

Re: TCPIP Service ECO5

All done! Thanks for the comments.

Dave.