Freeware tools to test missing UNIX pacthes.

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Is there any freeware tools to test missing patches on UNIX platforms.

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All UNIX (RHEL/AIX/HP and SOLARIS) platforms

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On RHEL, assuming your system is registered with RHN, all you have to do is use “up2date -u” or “yum update” (depending on major version) to install latest patches. up2date has the “–dry-run” parameter that simulates the update without actually doing anything; that will give you a list of missing, updated packages. yum has a command/option called “check-update” that does something similar.

On AIX, you use the compare_report utility to generate a list of installed LPP filesets and compare it against a list provided by IBM. I use SUMA to actually download (which can also do the compare in one go) pending updates; it can do APARS, individual filesets, tech levels, service packs, the whole gamut.

For Solaris, I normally just grab the latest Recommended patch cluster and run the install_cluster script in the archive; any missing patches are applied automagically. I know that there are some first- and third-party compare scripts that will do something akin to IBM’s compare_report, but I’ve never bothered with them.

I can’t speak for “hockey-pucks” as I’ve never had the displeasure of using it. :)

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  • Dharmagrao
    Thank you very much for your kind reply. Any chance to get automated script to get download automatically find missing patches for all UNIX platforms (AIX/RHEL/HP and SOLARIS). Thanks in advance Dharma
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  • Dharmagrao
    Hi There, Please give the solutions for freeware tools that can be tested on UNIX platforms and in commands. Thank you Dharma
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