AIX Tip of the Week

AIX 5L Fix Distribution

Audience: System Administrators

Date: August 16, 2002

It is important to keep your AIX operating system current because it fixes bugs, adds new functionality, improves performance, and keeps Supportline happy. The fixes to keep your system current are freely available on the internet. However, the location and procedure for downloading AIX 5L fixes is different than AIX 4. The URL for requesting AIX 5L fixes is

To use this facility, a user must obtain an "IBM Common Registration UserID" from

In addition, the download procedure has changed. Here's how the new procedure works:

Unlike the web-based FixDist interface, there is no "search" capability. You'll have to use the APAR database to do any searching.

Bruce Spencer,