Bug Fix Advisory s390utils bug fix and enhancement update

Advisory: RHBA-2009:1311-1
Type: Bug Fix Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2009-09-02
Last updated on: 2009-09-02
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)


An updated s390utils package that fixes multiple bugs and adds various
enhancements is now available.

The s390utils package contains utilities related to Linux for the IBM S/390

This update fixes these bugs:

* the dasdfmt tool prevented devices with record 0 set in the Define Extent
CCW from being formatted, unless the channel program had initially changed
the RO. This differed from the expected functionality. The tool has been
updated to allow ECKD DASD devices that do not contain a default record 0
to be formatted. (BZ#474157)

* the /etc/profile.d/s390x.chs profile script was causing tcsh -e scripts
to fail because the /sbin/consoletype was returning a non-zero value. The
profile script has now been updated to supply a stdout argument that forces
consoletype to return 0 in all cases. (BZ#505283)

* the ziomon tool contained an unsupported upstream patch from the blkiomon
package. This resulted in the tool aborting when blkiomon was called by
ziomon. The ziomon utility is now updated to use the new blkiomon_stat
layout implemented by IBM. (BZ#506966)

* the lsluns tool was incorrectly displaying encrypted disks as unencrypted
because the encryption check was performed on the 0x8 bit instead of the
0x80 bit. The lsluns tool now correctly displays the encryption status of
the selected disk. (BZ#510032)

And adds these enhancements:

* the zipl tool prevented customers using a menu configuration file from
disabling the automenu unless the -x option was specified. This caused
confusion when using the tool, and forced customers to specify an extra
option when using the utility. Customers are now able to specify the
defaultmenu option, which displays the menu specified in the menu
configuration file and disables the automenu. (BZ#486444)

* with this release, s390utils has been re-based from version 1.8.0 to
upstream version 1.8.1. This re-base adds a range of new features,
including the iucvterm tool and the zipl tool. Version 1.8.1 also addresses
numerous bugs, including BZ#506966. For details regarding these and other
changes see the "Release History" section of the s390utils README file in
/usr/share/doc/s390utils-1.8.1/. (BZ#477189)

S390 users should install this updated package which addresses these issues
and adds these enhancements.


Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)

File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1335
    MD5: e2b980f3396f781a65edb131fc739d81
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1335
    MD5: 3d04064c9b837723a65564d537c82d91
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

474157 - DASDFMT not operating like CPFMTXA
477189 - [LTC 5.4 FEAT] Pick up latest version of s390-tools



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