Rational Method Composer Fix Pack 2 (184.108.40.206) for 7.5.2
IBM Rational Method Composer 220.127.116.11 has been made generally available and contains fixes to version 7.5.2 including all predecessor fix packs.
The Change history section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.
The How critical is this fix section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.
The Prerequisites section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.
The Download package section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.
The Installation instructions section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.
The Known side effects section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.
Click to review the detailed system requirements information for a complete list of hardware requirements, supported operating systems, prerequisites and optional supported software, with component-level details and operating system restrictions.
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Version of IBM Installation Manager required: IBM Installation Manager 18.104.22.168 or later.
Rational Method Composer ships with a trial license key that enables you to try the product for a period of 30 or 60 days. During the trial period, the product is fully functional. You will get a warning message when the trial period is about to expire. After the expiration date, the product will not function.
Setting up the license server
You must have administrative privileges on the machine that you want to import license key information in Rational License Key Administrator.
Enabling floating licenses
Rational Method Composer supports Floating/Token licenses. You can configure a connection to one or more license servers to obtain access to floating/token license keys installed on a license server.
Before enabling floating license, you must obtain the license server connection information from your administrator.
To update Rational Method Composer using IBM Installation Manager (On-line update):
To download and install the fix pack locally:
Remove the fix pack:
If you updated a previously installed version to version 7.5.x, you can revert to the previous version by using the roll back feature of Installation Manager.
The rollback feature uninstalls the updated resources and reinstalls the resources from the previous version. You can only roll back one version level at a time.
To remove the update:
The following sections provide detailed information related to this release.
How critical is this fix?
This is a maintenance release. It contains fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.
There are no known regressions to report.
Click the Fix List link in the table of contents above to review a list of the problems solved in this release.
Known side effects
There are no known defects to report.
Problems with installed 3rd party plug-ins
When installing 3rd party plug-ins like CCRC or SVN through the classic update manage (Help > Install Software) or 3rd party plug-ins like CCSCM through new extension location (Help > Manage Software Configuration), all the existing Rational Method Composer 7.5.1 feature patches can't be loaded and cause BIRT publishing and Diagram crook line issues.
To solve the problem:
To verify that the feature patches are loaded correctly, click Help > About IBM Installation Manager > Installation Details > Plug-ins. Check the version of org.eclipse.birt.report.engine, it must be 2.5.2.v20100805.
Rational Method Composer floating and token licenses
IBM Installation Manager does not handle rollbacks with floating license using Rational Common Licensing 8.1.1 to a previous version that does not have the floating license capability. If you need to rollback to a previous release, you must disable your floating license before attempting to rollback.
The Rational Method Composer integration with Rational Synergy
During the installation of Synergy plugin using Help > Install Software, a duplicate conflict message is displayed. In addition, when upgrading a Rational Method Composer that includes the Rational Synergy integration, package update warnings are displayed. These warnings are harmless and can be ignored.
The Rational Method Composer integration with Jazz source control
In some instances, there might be extra lock being acquired for files that do not need to be changed. One example is that when a content package is added to a method plug-in, some of the configuration files will be locked, too. This is harmless and users should just release all the locked files when deliver the changes in a change set.
User-defined types, custom relationships, and custom attributes
Support for user-defined types, for custom relationships is currently implemented for the authoring perspective and for publishing. The following areas are not currently supported for user-defined types, custom relationships, and custom attributes:
Special character in tag file names
Tag file names include "[" character which is a restricted character in file names for Informix that is used by Rational Synergy. As a result, these tag files cannot be placed under Rational Synergy source control. Review technote 1326060: Restricted characters within IBM Rational Synergy filenames for more information.
Exporting practices to Jazz Team Server
There is an Export feature available in Rational Method Composer that provides the ability to export a selection of practices to an XML file that can subsequently be imported to Jazz Team Server. If you want to try the import on the Jazz side and experiment with some early capabilities within the Jazz Team Server, you can do so by downloading and installing the following items from Jazz.net:
Publishing configuration error
Publishing configuration of the RUP for small projects to Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word in ib.75.rup with configuration.rptlibrary generates an error message in the log file.
Sharing a project in Rational ClearCase
After sharing a project in Rational ClearCase, you might get error messages when trying to edit Rational Method Composer contents. This is because the project is moved from Rational Method Composer workspace to Rational ClearCase space after sharing.
Installation Manager limitation for updating RUP and Practice libraries
When starting Rational Method Composer for the first time, the default RUP library and the Practice library are loaded. This might cause Installation Manager not to be able to update these libraries in the future because of the time flag changes in some library files. It is recommended to make a backup of your RUP and Practice libraries and load them when launching Rational Method Composer.
IBM Rational Method Composer Security Vulnerability
Rational Method Composer is shipped with an IBM Java that is based on Oracle Java. Oracle has released a June 2012 critical patch update (CPU) that contains security vulnerability fixes and IBM Java is affected. Review Security Bulletin 1620862: Rational Method Composer Security Vulnerability: Multiple security vulnerabilities in IBM JRE 6 (CVE-2012-1713, CVE-2012-1716, CVE-2012-1717, CVE-2012-1718, CVE-2012-1719, CVE-2012-1720, CVE-2012-1721, CVE-2012-1722, CVE-2012-1725 CVE-2012-0551) for more information.
Uninstalling Rational Method Composer
There is a menu option under Help > Manage Licenses > Uninstall that does not uninstall the product and must be ignored. To uninstall Rational Method Composer, Use the Uninstall feature of IBM Installation Manager.
Search function of the published HTML sites on Firefox
Rational Method Composer uses Java applet for the search function on the published sites. On Linux, sometimes the Java applet is not enabled on Firefox and must manually be enabled.
For Firefox 1.5 to 3.5 on RHEL5 or SUSE10:
For Firefox 3.6 and later:
Rational Method Composer 22.214.171.124 has been enhanced as follows:
Improved Jazz integration:
Improvements to search:
Enhanced Rich Text Editor:
More functions related to publishing:
Context menu in Library view supports lock/unlock for a set of selected method plug-ins.
Upgraded the dependent Rational Team Concert to 4.0.3
Upgraded the dependent Rational Common Licensing to 8.1.4
Click the link in the Download Options column:
|Download||RELEASE DATE||LANGUAGE||SIZE(Bytes)||Download Options
What is Fix Central(FC)?
|Rational Method Composer 126.96.36.199||24 Jan 2014||English||1891932||FC|
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Problems (APARS) fixed