Technology Preview: -showUpdateFromVersion option the listAvailablePackages command

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You can use the -showUpdateFromVersion option to show the package version that can be updated by using the specified repository.


For IBM Installation Manager and IBM Packaging Utility version 1.6, the -showUpdateFromVersion option is a technology preview.

Information about the -showUpdateFromVersion option


You can create a repository that contains only the files that are required to update to a later version by using the -updateFromVersion option. For information on this option, review techdoc 7023960: Technology Preview: -updateFromVersion option for Packaging Utility .

You use the -showUpdateFromVersion to verify that the repository contains the files required to update the package from a specific version.

For example, you have a repository that contains an update for Product A.  The update version is  The update from version is 1.0.3.  Version 1.0.3 of Product A must be installed before you update the product to version by using the specified repository.

If the repository is not created with the -updateFromVersion option, then the repository is a full repository and you see the value 0.0.0.

Use with the commands:

  • imcl listAvailablePackages
  • pucl listAvailablePackages

List the packages and the update from versions by using the -showUpdateFrom Version option

1. Install Installation Manager, Version 1.6

2. Open a command-line utility.

3. Open the tools directory:

Tools directory locations in the installed version of Installation Manager
Administrator Nonadministrator Group
Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\tools C:\Documents and Settings\user\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\tools Not available
Windows Vista, Windows 2008, and Windows 7 C:\Program Files\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\tools C:\Users\user\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse\tools Not available
Linux and UNIX /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools / user_home_directory/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse/tools / user_home_directory/IBM/InstallationManager_Group/eclipse/tools

4. Run the listAvailablePackages command:

imcl listAvailablePackages -repositories source_repository -showUpdateFromVersion

Commands examples by platform:

Windows: imcl.exe listAvailablePackages -repositories http://server/repository/package -showUpdateFromVersion

Linux, UNIX, IBM i, and z/OS: ./imcl listAvailablePackages -repositories http://server/repository/package -showUpdateFromVersion


The http://server/repository/package repository contains the offering: This offering is the update for version

You run the command:
imcl listAvailablePackages -repositories http://server/repository/package -showUpdateFromVersion

You receive the result: :

For information about the imcl and pucl commands and options, see the IBM Installation Manager Information Center.

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