Date: November 5, 1999
As an early adopter of AIX 4.3.3, I've found it to be a solid operating system that works as advertised. However, I encountered three glitches after migrating from AIX 4.3.2 to 4.3.3. I've compiled a list of these issues for other early adopters
Most, if not all, of the issues were related to a migration install, rather than a fresh install. If you observe any of these symptoms, see the below for the resolution. Despite the minor glitches, I highly recommend AIX 4.3.3!
For more current information, visit the AIX 4.3 Tip page.
APARs and PTFs mentioned in this document, when available, can be obtained from FixDist. Information on obtaining and using FixDist is available at the following URL. http://service.software.ibm.com/rs6k/fixes.html
The oslevel command may not correctly output '18.104.22.168' on systems installed or updated from the AIX 4.3.3 product media because the level of the ifor_ls.compat.cli fileset on the AIX product media is backleveled at the 22.214.171.124. This problem can be corrected by installing the ifor_ls.compat.cli 126.96.36.199 update (PTF U466561), which is available from FixDist. This problem does not occur when updating from the 188.8.131.52 Maintenance Level.
The bos.perf.pmr fileset is down level after updating from the AIX 4.3.3 product media. The occurs only when updating AIX 4.3.0 and 4.3.1 systems, which already have the bos.perf.pmr fileset installed. The bos.perf.pmr fileset is obsolete in AIX 4.3.3 and should be removed.
The bos.crypto* and sysmgt.security* filesets are not included in the AIX 184.108.40.206 Maintenance Level, since they contain encryption code that is subject to export restrictions. Updates to these filesets are available only on the AIX 4.3.3 Bonus Pack that that is shipped with AIX 4.3.3.
Some ifor_ls.msg.*.compat.gui filesets may fail to install from the AIX 4.3.3 product media due to a requisite to ifor_ls.compat.gui 220.127.116.11, which does not exist. This problem can be corrected by installing the ifor_ls.compat.gui 18.104.22.168 update (APAR IY04448), when available, from FixDist.
When updating an existing AIX 4.3 system from the AIX 22.214.171.124 Maintenance Level, the bos.loc.utf.ZH_CN 126.96.36.199 update will fail to install if the bos.loc.iso.zh_CN fileset is not installed. To prevent this problem, install the bos.loc.iso.zh_CN fileset from your existing AIX media prior to updating from the AIX 188.8.131.52 Maintenance Level. This problem does not occur when updating from the AIX 4.3.3 Product Media.
When updating an existing AIX 4.3 system from the AIX 184.108.40.206 Maintenance Level, the perfagent.tools 220.127.116.11, as well as other requisites, may fail to install. The requisite failure occurs if the perfagent.server fileset is installed without the perfagent.tools fileset. To prevent this problem, install the perfagent.tools fileset from your existing AIX media prior to updating from the AIX 18.104.22.168 Maintenance Level. This problem does not occur when updating from the AIX 4.3.3 Product Media.
When updating an existing AIX 4.3 system from the AIX 22.214.171.124 Maintenance Level, the sysmgt.websm.apps 126.96.36.199, as well as other requisites, may fail to install. The requisite failure occurs if the sysmgt.websm.apps fileset is already installed, due to a requisite to perl.rte, which is a new fileset in 4.3.3. To prevent this problem, install the perl.rte fileset, which is included in the AIX 188.8.131.52 Maintenance Level prior to updating from the AIX 184.108.40.206 Maintenance Level. This problem does not occur when updating from the AIX 4.3.3 Product Media.
Permissions of some install images on the AIX 4.3.3 product media do not include read permission for others. Although this will not cause problems while installing from a locally mounted CD-ROM, it can cause installation failures from a CD-ROM that is NFS mounted. This problem can be circumvented by copying the images to disk and changing the permissions, or by changing the NFS export parameters to allow root access for the mounting host.
AIX Fast Connect configured in a DCE environment to provide access to file shares located in DFS space must be started using the following steps.
Login as root.
dce_login as a principal (such as cell_admin) that has su rights to the DFS tree being shared.
Start AIX Fast Connect using the 'net start /load' command. SMIT or WebSM can also be used as long as the they are started from this shell.
The above procedure allows the cifsServer daemon to run with su login context while cifsUserProc runs with users login context. Users login context gets set following DCE authentication.
CHRP based systems can hang at boot with E1DC in the LEDs after booting
down-level diagnostics or AIX CDs. You can determine if your system is
CHRP based using the following command:
lslpp -L devices.chrp.base.rte
If the devices.chrp.base.rte filesets is installed, the system architecture is likey CHRP. If this fileset is not installed, this problem cannot occur on your system.
To prevent this problem from occurring, install APAR IX79693, which is included in AIX 4.3.2, and also obtain the latest 4.3.2 diagnostics CD-ROM, P/N 08L1427 or 08L1430. Do not attempt to boot the system with earlier level diagnostics CD-ROMs or other media that contains a level of AIX earlier than 4.3.2.
Once this problem occurs, the only way to correct the condition is to power the system off, unplug the battery for approximately 10 minutes, plug in the battery and power the system back on.
The "feprom_update" command fails on AIX 4.3 systems with an error
1734-009 cannot write in FEPROM
Once this failure occurs, the system firmware is corrupt, and the system will no longer reboot. This problem affects SMP systems with 604e processors, including SP High Nodes. APAR IX84560 is currently available and should be installed prior to attempting a firmware update..
Netscape Communicator uses a private copy of the AIX C library (libc.a). The libc.a shipped with Netscape Communicator 4.0.4 and earlier may not be compatible with AIX 4.3.1, and may fail to start with an error similar to the following:
Could not load program /usr/local/netscape4/netscape_aix4 Symbol __malloc_postfork_unlock in /usr/lib/libpthreads.a is undefined Symbol __malloc_prefork_lock in /usr/lib/libpthreads.a is undefined Could not load library libC.a[shr.o] Error was: Exec format error
To correct this problem, refer to the following URL for instructions on downloading and installing the fix. ftp://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/netscape/
Use of the AIX Java 1.1.8 JIT (Just-in-Time compiler) with the WebSphere V3.0 Administration Server requires APAR IY04792. Until the APAR is applied, the JIT should be disabled during WebSphere Application Server startup. Disabling the JIT can have negative WebSphere Application Server performance impacts, therefore installation of APAR IY04792 is highly recommended.
To disable the AIX JDK 1.1.8 JIT, modify the WebSphere admin.config file and replace the line: com.ibm.ejs.sm.util.process.Nanny.adminServerJvmArgs=-mx128m
with the line:
Secondly, any Application Server that is created will also require the JIT to be disabled. To accomplish this, through the use of the WebSphere Administrative Console, add the following to the Command line arguments field for the Application Server: -Djava.compiler=NONE
The Admin Console DOES NOT require the JIT to be disabled. The procedure is only required for the Adminserver and any Application Servers.
The C compiler may be usable only by root after a migrating install to AIX 4.3.3. The cause of the problem is a permissions change on an iforls directory. To fix the problem run the following command:
chmod 1777 /var/ifor
The "docsearch" function of the AIX's web based documentation may fail after upgrading to AIX 4.3.3. To fix,