Script to download TL and SP for AIX using NIM and S.U.M.A

Hi all,

Well, we know IBM’s fix central exists and you can register and download any Tls, SPs or efixes among tons of important information but sometimes it is slow, difficult to download it. So, using a tool from IBM known as S.U.M.A (Service Update Management Assistant) we’ll able to download any TLs/SPs/APARs and in the same time create a lpp_source on NIM server.

I have made s simple script to download it form a NIM server and it automatically create the lpp_source.

Here’s the code:

# Copyright (C) 2012 Israel Garcia iga3725 @
# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program.
# This script automatically download TL and SP and create a LPP resource on 
# the nim server.
# In this example, we're going to:
# 1- download from fix central AIX 7.1's TL3-SP3 to a directory on NIM.
# 2- create a lpp_source on NIM server from the above directory.
mkdir /SOME_PATH/images/aix71latest &gt;/dev/null</code>


# Deleting old files
rm -f "$AIXPackages"/*

# Download code from fix central
suma -x -a RqType=TL -a RqName=7100-03 -a FilterML=7100-00 -a DLTarget="$AIXPackages"
suma -x -a RqType=SP -a RqName=7100-03-03 -a FilterML=7100-03 -a DLTarget="$AIXPackages"

if [[ $? -ne 0 ]];then exit 127

inutoc "$AIXPackages"/
mv "$AIXPackages"/installp/ppc/*.bff "$AIXPackages"
rm "$AIXPackages"/installp/ppc/.toc
rmdir "$AIXPackages"/installp/ppc/
rmdir "$AIXPackages"/installp/

# Create LPP resource on NIM
nim -o remove LPP_aix71latest
nim -o define -t lpp_source -a server=master -a location="$AIXPackages" LPP_aix71latest

# Renaming files *.bff
bffcreate -c -d "$AIXPackages"
# End

Don’t forget to set HTTP_PROXY variable if your behind a firewall.

Please see the whole info regarding NIM and SUMA.

Hope this helps.

Just thanks if the post was helpful 🙂


About igalvarez

More than 20 years experiences on IT industry. 20+ years in Unix experience : IBM-AIX, HMC/SDMC/IVM, SVC, Protectier, PureFlex Systems, VIOservers, IBM Bladecenters, IBM System Power, RedHat Linux, SuSE Linux, Debian/Ubuntu Linux. Solaris, SCO Unix, Tru64 Unix, Linux Virtualization: XEN, KVM, databases sb2, oracle, postgreSQL, Find more information here:
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