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Bugfix update for s390-tools


(Last modified: 18DEC2001)

solutions Bugfix update for s390-tools SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (74fb271125e6bd5d52b9bbb7ff7f1980)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 and zSeries

Package: a1/s390-tools
Architecture: S/390
Release: 20011218
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed by everyone.



Problem description

Several problems have been found and fixed:
  • fdasd creates invalid partitions due to miscalculated partition borders when used with command line option '-c', resulting in the error message 'BUG: overlapping free space extents in FMT5 DSCB!' followed by a kernel halt.
  • dasdfmt leaves the disk in state 'accepted' instead of 'not formatted' in case of an abort with Ctrl-C, rendering the disk unusable until reset.
  • fdasd does not show z/OS data set names. The new menu entry 's' will show the mapping between the partition number and the z/OS data set name.
  • Confusing mapping between partition number in the device node and the z/OS data set name for partitions created by fdasd. Partitions on Linux start counting with '1', the z/OS data set names start with '0'. Fixed fdasd to start z/OS data set names counting with '1'
  • One of the 390 data set names, which exists for each partition, is missing on partitions created with fdasd on model 9 DASDs.
  • s390-tools binaries are installed in /bin, which does not conform to the Linux FHS. Fixed to install in /sbin.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below. For
the installation of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 you may also need the
new version of the installation system with the updated s390-tools

Installation notes

The update is provided as two RPM packages you can download from the location below.
Using the new installation system
You need a running Linux system capable to install RPM packes. Please install instsys.rpm
rpm --ignorearch -Uvh instsys.rpm
on that system. The new files for the installation system will be written to /suse/images/. They are drop-in replacements for the files of the same name on the first CD in /suse/images/. Upload them to your VM guest as mentioned in chapter 8.3.2 (page 51) of the manual and IPL Linux on the guest.
Installing the update on a running SuSE Linux for S/390 system
Copy s390-tools.rpm to the running system (not the installation system) and install it as user root with
rpm -Uvh s390-tools.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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