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IBM Linux on Power Tools Repository

The IBM Linux on Power Tools Repository (Tools Repository) enables the use of standard Linux package management tools to provide access to the following tools.


Configuration RPM file for YUM repository

  1. Notice

    27 Oct 2014: SLES12 support added to repository.

The following ibm-power-repo RPM package configures your Linux installation so that it can download and install packages from the YUM repository. This package is the same for all supported Linux distributions.


Installing the ibm-power-repo package (RPM) adds the Tools Repository to the package management configuration. After installing the ibm-power-repo RPM file, you can use one of the following methods to install packages from this repository, depending on your version of Linux.

Refer to the Installation sections for specific instructions regarding the installed Linux distribution.


Supported Linux distributions

The Tools repository supports the following versions of Linux.

Additionally, Fedora tools are available as a convenience for users.

Installation instructions for Red Hat and Fedora

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Fedora

  1. To list the currently enabled repositories, enter:
    yum repolist enabled
  2. To list the packages available in a particular repository, enter:
    repoquery -a --repoid=IBM_Power_Tools --qf "%{name}.%{arch} %{version}-%{release}"
    Note: the repoquery tool can be found in the yum-utils package.
  3. To update the installed packages to the latest version available, enter:
    yum update

RHEL6 to RHEL7 update

Use the following method to update a RHEL6-based system to a RHEL7-based system.

  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Remove the repository configuration package by entering:
    rpm -e ibm-power-repo
  3. Update the system to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
  4. Download and install the latest configuration package for the Tools Repository from the following location: http://www.ibm.com/support/customercare/sas/f/lopdiags/yum.html
  5. Use yum to install the recommended packages as described below.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 installation

For an HMC or IVM-managed system, enter:

  1. To install the recommended packages for HMC or IVM-managed systems, enter:
    yum install ibm-power-managed-rhel7
  2. To install the recommended packages for standalone systems, enter:
    yum install ibm-power-nonmanaged-rhel7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 installation

  1. To install the recommended packages for HMC or IVM-managed systems, enter:
    yum install ibm-power-managed-rhel5
  2. To install the recommended packages for standalone systems, enter:
    yum install ibm-power-nonmanaged-rhel5

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 installation

Do one of the following to install the recommended packages:


Fedora installation

Do one of the following to install the recommended packages:

Installation instructions for SuSE

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

  1. To list the currently enabled repositories, enter:
    zypper sl
  2. To update the installed packages to the latest version available, enter:
    zypper update -t package

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 installation

Do one of the following to install the recommended packages:


SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 installation

Do one of the following:


SLES10 installation

Do one of the following to install the recommended packages:

Questions or problems

Any questions regarding this package or the repository itself can be posted to the message board on the Linux on Power developerWorks community web site.

Linux on IBM

Readme first issues!

Urgent information that alerts you to problems you can avoid during Linux install on IBM systems.

Prerequisite flow

The following chart shows the dependencies and prerequisites among the service and productivity tools for Linux on Power servers.


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Sign up (requires IBM ID) for email bulletins about these tools. Subscribe to the Power product family, and then to Linux on Power: Installation, Service and Productivity Tools.


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