IBM OS/2 Feature Install Version 1.2.5 Package README
The IBM OS/2 Feature Install Version 1.2.5 package provides the
latest version of Feature Install (FI) and the Netscape Navigator
plug-ins used for IBM Software Choice feature installations.
FEATURE INSTALL VERSION 1.2.5 ENHANCEMENTS
Improvements have been incorporated into Feature Install Version 1.2
to better support safe and reliable installations of new Software
Choice features. Feature Install has also been enhanced to make it
easier to identify installed features enabling IBM service personnel
to support OS/2 systems after Software Choice features have been
Feature Install Version 1.2.5 updates include the following:
o Feature Install has been updated to support Netscape Communicator
4.04 for OS/2 Warp.
Feature Install Version 1.2.5 also includes the following
enhancements that were introduced in version 1.2.4.
o The dependency checking capabilities of Feature Install have
been greatly improved. When a Software Choice feature is installed,
Feature Install is able to accurately detect whether prerequisite
system components, fixes, or other Software Choice features
have been installed. The search logic in Feature Install is capable
of resolving conflicts and ambiguities that might arise when more
than one version of a system component that matches the dependencies
of a Software Choice feature is found on the target system.
o The Feature Install Inventory of installed features is now stored
in an ASCII file that is readable and printable. This file is
named FI.INI and is located in the os2\install directory on the
system boot drive. Feature Install adds entries to the file
when features are installed and deletes them when they are removed.
The entries in this file appear in the order in which the features
were installed. The new inventory file makes it easy to identify,
control, and service the changes that Software Choice features
make to an OS/2 system. The inventory is maintained as a read-only
file and should not be modified without assistance from IBM
o The installation support has been enhanced in Feature Install
Version 1.2.5 to enable Software Choice features to update previously
installed system components when a feature is installed.
Appropriate file version checks are made when a system module is
installed with a Software Choice feature, which results in an
installation that is safe and consistent with the service policy
supported by other OS/2 maintenance tools.
o The installation of "locked" system files are handled by a Feature
Install locked-file device driver. This enhancement to locked-file
support ensures that if a Software Choice feature includes a
collection of system modules, they can be installed as a unit.
They are either all installed or none are installed to prevent
o An "archive" version is kept of any system modules that are updated
when Software Choice features are installed. The Feature Install
Inventory and its backup and archive directories contain all the
information and data required so that when a feature is removed,
the system can be efficiently restored to the state it was in
before the feature was installed. The information is structured
so that Feature Install can restore the "archived" versions when
Software Choice features are removed from the system. The support
for the removal of features maintains system integrity even when
Software Choice features that update system modules are removed in
a different order than the order in which they were installed.
o The Corrective Service Facility (CSF) included with FixTool 138
integrates Feature Install "archive" versions of system modules
into the archive and backup databases that the CSF maintains
whenever an OS/2 FixPak is installed. This new version of the
CSF reads the Feature Install Inventory and warns the user when
the backout of a FixPak might remove dependencies of one or more
Software Choice features and affect their operation.
NOTE: FixTool 138 works with FixPak 7 only. Fixtool 139 and higher
work with all versions of FixPak.
If you have installed a version of the Feature Install Toolkit on your
system, uninstall the Feature Install Toolit, delete any objects you
might have created with the Feature Install Toolkit, and shut down and
restart your system before installing the Feature Install package.
Netscape Navigator or Netscape Communicator is required to use
Feature Install and to install IBM Software Choice features. Netscape
Navigator and Netscape Communicator are available from at
The recommended directory structure for features downloaded from
the IBM Software Choice Web site is as follows:
First create a top directory with any name you choose; for example,
FEATURES. Create a subdirectory named FISETUP. The FISETUP
subdirectory is where you should place the Feature Install package.
Create a subdirectory for each feature you download to install. For
NOTE: Feature Install provides prerequisite checking. If the
directory structure described above is maintained and the
required files are not found on the client system, Feature
Install will automatically update the system with the
required files. If you do not use this directory structure
and the required files are not found on the client system,
the client will be prompted for the location of the files
when installing an IBM Software Choice feature.
INSTALLING THE FEATURE INSTALL PACKAGE
To install the Feature Install package, do the following:
1. Change to the subdirectory containing FIRUNPKG.ZIP.
(The Feature Install package should be located in the FISETUP
2. Use PKUNZIP2.EXE (typically located in the \IBMCOM directory)
to unzip the files. Type PKUNZIP2 FIRUNPKG.
When the program finishes, you are ready to install the
Feature Install package.
3. In the directory where you unzipped the Feature Install
package, type FISETUP.
FISETUP can be run with or without the parameters listed below.
For a CID installation, specify any of the parameters.
/L1: Drive, path, and file name of the log file. If you do not
specify a log file, a default log file named FISETUP.LOG
will be created in the root of your boot drive.
/B: Drive letter of the boot drive (for example, C:)
If a boot drive is not specified, it will be detected
/S: Source path, including drive letter, where Feature
Install and the FI plug-ins are located. The source path
does not have to be specified if these files are located
in the same directory as the FISETUP executable.
/NN Do not install the FI plug-ins and do not check if
Netscape Navigator for OS/2 is installed.
/H or /? View the available parameters and their function.
/U Update installation software even if the version is older
than the existing version.
/NORESTARTSHELL At the end of install do not refresh the Workplace
/ML: Path and Filename of the file which contains the minimum
level of Feature Install required for this install.
Example: fisetup /S:C: /L1:C:\err.log /U /NN
4. When the program finishes, it might prompt you to stop all other
programs and select OK to refresh your desktop.
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