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hi to all
i cant get the term IPD.how we update IPD.
Advance thanks for ur valuable reply
James R. Ferguson
Acclaimed Contributor



IPD = Installed Product Database

Those files in '/var/adm/sw/products' that are maintained (created, added, removed, modified and queried) by the SD (Software Distributer) tools ('swinstall', 'swremove', etc.). The IPD defines what products and patches you have installed.


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SD-UX keeps track of software installations, products, and filesets on
your system with the Installed Products Database (IPD) for installed
software and with catalog files for software in depots.
Both the IPD and catalog files are created and constantly modified by
other SD-UX operations (swinstall, swcopy, and swremove), they are
not directly accessible if you want to change the information they
contain. If you need to edit the information in either the IPD or in any
depotsâ catalog files, you must use the swmodify command.

The equivalent IPD files for a depot are called catalog files. When a depot
is created or modified using swcopy, catalog files are built (by default in
/var/spool/sw/catalog) that describe the depot and its contents.

IPD Contents
Located in the directory /var/adm/sw/products, the IPD is a series of
files and subdirectories that contain information about all the products
that are installed under the root directory (/). This information includes
â tagsâ or product names, one-line title fields, paragraph-or-longer
description text, long README files, copyright information, vendor
information and part numbers on each product installed. In addition, the
IPD contains revision information and a user-targeted architecture field
including the four uname attributes (operating system name, release,
version and hardware machine type). Here is what the IPD INFO file for a
product called â Accountingâ looks like:
data_model_revision 2.4
instance_id 1
control_directory ACCOUNTNG
size 292271
revision B.11.00
description Vendor Name: Hewlett-Packard Company
Product Name: Accounting
Fileset Name: ACCOUNTING
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