This document contains the release information for IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software 8.5.1
IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, 8.5.1 Readme
1.0 About this fix pack
2.0 System requirements and Installation instruction
2.1 Hardware requirements
2.2 Software requirements
2.3 Other requirements
2.4 Installation instructions
3.0 Fixes contained in this release
4.0 Known limitations, problems, and workarounds
5.0 IBM Rational Software Support
5.1 Posting questions to a newsgroup
6.0 Notices and trademarks
6.1 Trademarks and service marks
1.0 About this fix pack
IBM® Rational® Developer for Power Systems Software 8.5.1 fix pack contains fixes to version 8.5.
For information about installing IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, 8.5, including hardware and software requirements, see the IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, 8.5 Installation Guide. The English version of the Installation Guide is available at the following address: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27024935
There are no additional processor or memory requirements for installing this fix pack. However, there might be additional disk space requirements if you install the fix pack at the same time that you install IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5, or if you are installing the fix pack as an update:
- If you install the fix pack at the same time that you install IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5, the disk space requirements are essentially the same as for Version 8.5.
- If you are installing the fix pack as an update, you might need up to an additional 800 MB of disk space. Your actual disk space requirements depend on the features that you selected when you installed Version 8.5 of the product.
If you choose to download the update as a compressed file for local installation, approximately 1.6 GB is required to store and extract the compressed file.
For further information about hardware requirements for installing IBM Rational Developer Power Systems Software, 8.5, see the Installation Guide.
For information about software and browser requirements for installing IBM Rational Developer Power Systems Software 8.5, see the Installation Guide.
Internet access is required unless you download the compressed file containing the IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5.1 fix pack. By default, the update is located and installed by Installation Manager directly from the IBM update repository for IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5.1.
Important: When IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software is installed, the location of its update repository is automatically embedded in Installation Manager. For Installation Manager to search the default update repository, the preference Search the linked repositories during installation and updates must be selected on the Repositories preference page. This preference is selected by default.
To install the fix pack from a different repository location (for example, if the fix pack is available on a shared drive or HTTP or HTTPS server), you must add the repository location in Installation Manager. To add a repository location, perform the following steps:
- Start Installation Manager.
- On the Start page of Installation Manager, click File > Preferences, and then click Repositories. The Repositories page opens.
- On the Repositories page, click Add Repository.
- In the Add repository window, type the URL of the repository location, or browse to it and select a file path, and then click OK.
- Click OK to close the Preference page.
2.4 Installation instructions
The two common ways to install this update are as follows:
- If IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5 is already installed on your system, you can install this update by using the Update Packages wizard in IBM Installation Manager. For general instructions on installing an update, see the Installation Guide. For detailed instructions, see the Installing IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5.1 as an update section of this document.
- If you are installing IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5 for the first time or if you are installing an additional instance of it, you can install this update at the same time that you install IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5. Click Check for Other Versions and Extensions on the Install page of the Installing Packages wizard in IBM Installation Manager. For general instructions on installing an update, see the Installation Guide.
By default, the update is installed directly from the IBM update repository; however, it is also available for download. For details, see the specific installation instructions noted below for IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5.1.
Install the fix pack with the same user account that installed the product.
- IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5 must be installed.
- The product must be closed when you install this fix pack. Ensure that all browsers and other applications opened by IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software are also closed.
- Start IBM Installation Manager.
- On the Start page of Installation Manager, click Update.
- If a new version of Installation Manager is found, you are prompted to confirm that you want to install it before you can continue. Click OK to proceed. Installation Manager automatically installs the new version, stops, restarts, and then resumes.
- In the Update packages wizard, select the Installed Location for IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, and then click Next. Installation Manager searches for updates in the IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software repository on the Web as well as in any repository locations that you entered. A progress indicator shows that the search is taking place.
- By default, recommended updates are displayed and selected on the Update Packages page. Ensure that you select Version 8.5.1 for IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, and then click Next.
- On the Licenses page, read the license agreements for the update. On the left side of the License page, click each item to display the license agreement text.
- If you agree to the terms for all of the license agreements, click I accept the terms of the license agreements.
- Click Next to continue.
- On the Summary page, review the displayed information, and then click Update. A progress indicator shows the percentage of the installation completed.
- When the update process is completed, a message confirming the success of the process is displayed near the top of the page. Click View log file to open the log file for the current session in a new window. Before continuing, you must close the Installation Log window.
2.4.2 Downloading the fix pack for local installations
You can download the compressed file containing the IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Version 8.5.1 fix pack. The extracted files form a repository for the fix pack. You can install the fix pack from the repository on your own computer, or you can copy the repository to a shared drive or an HTTP or HTTPS server.
To download and install the fix pack, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24033611
For details on problems fixed in this Fix Pack, refer to the Fix List document.
Updates, limitations, and known problems about IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software are documented in the product library at the product Web site for IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software (http://www.ibm.com/software/rational/products/rdp/). For a list of updates and APARs, go to the Web site and find the link for Product support in the Overview page, then choose the Downloads or Troubleshooting task.
As limitations and problems are discovered and resolved, the IBM Software Support team updates the knowledge base (see http://www.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/Overview/Software/Rational/Rational_Developer_for_Power_Systems_Software). By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems that you experience.
The following are the known product limitations or issues:
- Compiled Language Debugger for AIX and Power Linux
- Thread-specific breakpoints must be set from breakpoints view.
- If a Watch breakpoint is set for a variable that is initialized in a COBOL data section, when the memory change is triggered by the initialization, the debugger stops at the first line in the source.
- At some program locations, the Variables view context menu action "Filter Local -> Show static variable from the file scope" does not show the static variables from the file scope. It is possible to view the value of such variables by creating a Monitor for them in the Monitors view.
- The default editor for C/C++/COBOL source must not be changed from the install settings. If a different editor is set as the default, the debugger will not display source. Switching "File associations" back to the install defaults will resolve the problem.
- If you have multiple debug sessions of the same application stopped in the same source file, you will see a current instruction pointer, and associated highlighted line, for each debug session.
- Software firewalls may prevent the debug daemon from listening or receiving connections on the selected local port (8001 by default). You must open the port(s) on which the debug daemon will be listening.
- Windows® Firewall (and possibly other software firewalls) may prevent the connection, even if you have opened the port in the firewall. If this is the case, check that the program "%RDPOWER_INSTALLATION_DIRECTORY%\jdk\jre\bin\javaw.exe" is permitted to accept incoming connections. In Windows Firewall, on the Exceptions tab, this program may have the name:Java(TM) Platform SE binary.
- Remote Systems LPEX Editor for IBM i
A number of hex code characters that represent 5250 display attributes are commonly inserted into comment lines of source members. These characters would usually be rendered by client operating systems as a square box or other special symbol. In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, the operating system no longer renders many control characters, including the hex codes for 5250 display attributes. Instead of a square box, a zero width character is rendered by the operating system, which is invisible. This causes the remainder of the text on the comment line to appear shifted over by one column to the left in Remote Systems LPEX Editor.
This does not affect compilation of the source, as the hex code characters are still being maintained and saved. However, the source will appear as if it is not lined up with the column rulers.
The operating system controls how characters are rendered and displayed in all applications, including Remote Systems LPEX Editor. As long as the underlying operating system does not support rendering of these characters, Remote Systems LPEX Editor will not support them.
- C and C++ for AIX and Power Linux
- The language aware features of the C/C++ tooling and the expression evaluator of the debugger at this time support the ISO C '99 and C++ 2003 standards. You may edit, compile, and debug programs that use newer language extensions (subject to support by the compiler you are using), but the tools will not be able to parse these extensions. Using such extensions in your programs may cause some features of the tooling to operate in a degraded manner. For example, content assist in code that uses newer constructs will not work properly, nor will you be able to evaluate expressions in the Expressions view that use newer constructs.
- Managed build projects are deprecated for C/C++ Remote Projects on AIX and Linux. Refer to Tech-note 1614708 for further information.
IBM Rational Software Support
IBM Software Support provides you with technical assistance.
For contact information and guidelines or reference materials that you will need when you require support, read the IBM Software Support Handbook.
For more information about product news, events, support, FAQs, lists of known problems and fixes, and other support information, visit the IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software home page at http://www.ibm.com/software/rational/products/rdp/.
For narrated presentations and resource links, refer to the IBM Education Assistant information at http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ieduasst/rtnv1r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.iea.rdp/plugin_coverpage.html.
Before you contact IBM Software Support, gather the background information that you will need to describe your problem. When describing a problem to an IBM software support specialist, be as specific as possible and include all relevant background information so that the specialist can help you solve the problem efficiently. To save time, know the answers to these questions:
- What software versions were you running when the problem occurred?
- Do you have logs, traces, or messages that are related to the problem?
- Can you reproduce the problem? If so, what steps do you take to reproduce it?
- Is there a workaround for the problem? If so, be prepared to describe the workaround.
If you have an idea for improving the product, you can submit a request for enhancement at the IBM RFE Community. It allows you to search, view, comment on, vote for, watch, submit, and track product requests for enhancement (RFEs).
To post your questions on a newsgroup, use the following developerWorks® resources:
- IBM Rational Developer for Power Hub: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=49773f8f-a20d-4816-86f2-44a2d862dbc1
- Suggested newsgroup: IBM Rational Developer for Power Hub Forum at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=2285
Other suggested forum: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/wdsci-l
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