Bug Fix Advisory ppc64-utils bug fix and enhancement update

Advisory: RHBA-2010:0225-1
Type: Bug Fix Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2010-03-30
Last updated on: 2010-03-30
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)


Updated ppc64-utils packages that fix various bugs and add various
enhancements are now available.

ppc64-utils is a collection of utilities for Linux running on 64-bit
PowerPC platforms.

These packages address the following bugs:

* A bug existed within the ppc64-utils packages that caused a conflict with
the powerpc-utils package from IBM. The power-pc-utils package provides
dynamic logical partitioning (DLPAR) support, which is a common
virtualization feature on the Power PC platform. This conflict forced a
user to first remove the ppc61-utils package before installing the
power-pc-utils package. To correct this bug, support for the lsslot and
drmgr commands has been added to the ppc64-utils packages, ensuring there
is no conflict when installing the powerpc-utils package. The lsslot
command provides system configuration data to the user and the drmgr
command is required to perform DLPAR operations. (BZ#512373)

* When attempting to use the Hardware Management Console (HMC) to display
the end to end virtual device topology, no data would be shown. The scripts
ls-vscsi, ls-veth and ls-vdev have been added for the HMC to use to
retrieve Virtual Input and Output (VIO) information that is used to
correlate with the output of lsdevinfo to display the end to end virtual
device topology. (BZ#565518)

* Running lsdevinfo on an IBM POWER6 machine with a Virtual Fibre Channel
resulted in incorrect errors and an incorrect device name being displayed.
These updated packages make sure only necessary error messages are printed
and that the correct device name is shown. (BZ#565518)

As well, these updated packages add the following enhancements:

* CLI and CIM support has been added for end to end virtual device mapping.
This additional infrastructure improves the ease of use of virtualization
technology by enabling the end to end virtual device view. (BZ#514813)

* Support for the -R parameter and the uniquetype field have been added to
the HMC. The -R parameter recursively displays the children of the selected
device and the uniquetype field is used by the HMC for filtering.

Users of ppc64-utils are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which resolve these issues and add 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-2012:0691
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File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:0691
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File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:0691
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SHA-256: 89fa2f28b566ea055f16a651ce49fa4e350fb4d3e661efadc3398441b5bbec44
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

512373 - [LTC 5.5 FEAT] Add drmgr and lsslot to DLPAR tools package [201962]

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