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Last Modified Date : 15/04/2018
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General Information

The Applyptf utility allows you to apply and/or list PTFs on your system or master install image. You may either work interactively with the Applyptf Wizard on NT, or invoke it from the command line with arguments that specify the actions you wish it to perform. Working interactively with the Applyptf Wizard is the easiest method of applying fixes. Whenever any information has been omitted, or decisions from you are required, the Applyptf Wizard will prompt you as necessary. Applyptf can:

  • List the PTFs applied to the local or a remote node
  • List the PTFs applied to a master install image
  • Apply a PTF to the local or a remote node
  • Apply a PTF to a master install image
  • Batch apply any set of PTFs to nodes and/or master install images (NT)
  • Batch apply any set of PTFs to local unix machines
  • Apply a PTF to a master image on UNIX

Notes before continuing with this document:

  • Throughout this document references to Unicenter TNG are used in the examples to explain the various Applyptf features or functionality. This in no way shape or form implies this utility is specific to Unicenter TNG.
  • The document makes mention of a master image. A master image is a disk copy of the original product installation image. Applyptf supports applying fixes to a products master installation image. Some products do not support a master installation image. For those that do not, any sections or references regarding master images can be ignored.
  • This document refers to the location of the latest Applyptf. Please note, any references to specific product requirements, Unicenter TNG, AutoSys, etc.. in the fix documentation will apply to that mentioned product only and can be ignored for all other products.

When applying PTFs to your current product installations, you should always use Applyptf.


Applyptf eliminates common PTF application problems:

* Verifies prerequisite PTFs have already been installed

Applyptf scans through the node's "history file", a log that lists what PTFs have been applied (and when) by this application. If no such log exists it offers to create one and will name it "<nodename>.his".

More information on history files is included later in this document.

* Compares the file dates in the PTF with those already on the target

Applyptf compares the date stamp of all "replacement" files in the PTF with those already on the system. It will not replace a file if it detects that the new file is older than its installed counterpart.

* Backs up the original files in case you need to remove the PTF

Applyptf creates a directory tree "REPLACED\PTFNAME.OLD" on NT, and "REPLACED\PTNFAME" on Unix, in the target component/image directory. For example, for a Unicenter TNG Worldview fix it may create "c:\tngwv\replaced\lo76563.old". For a master install image it may create

"c:\tngimage\replaced\ lo76563.old". It then copies all original files that will be replaced to this directory. It will not overwrite any file already in this directory, thus not overwriting any originals if the file is replaced again in a later PTF application.

* Maintains a PTF history file for each PTF application target

Applyptf will update the target's history file each time it applies a PTF to it.

* Seamlessly performs all of the above actions from a single node

The Applyptf Wizard can be run from any Windows NT node. There is a Unix version of Applyptf as well.

Be sure to review the installation instructions included with each PTF ---before--- using Applyptf to apply a fix to any system. (Some fixes may contain instructions about steps that need to be completed before or after a fix is applied.)

Click here for more information and to download the Applyptf utility.