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TechTip: IFS Containers Part 3, Installing Open Source from the Internet

by Victoria Mack December 09, 2016 0 Comments

One of the core tenets of open source is freedom to obtain and use software. Now it's time to see that benefit in action.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

In the first article of this series, we learned about how IFS Containers could be manually created by copying things into a new directory and then running the chroot command against that directory. This was a laborious process that would cause the technology to not be used unless some amount of automation was introduced. In the second article, I introduced the IBM i Chroot (ibmichroot) project, which addresses the automation of creating IFS Containers in a matter of minutes and even more important, uniformity. In this article, we will navigate through the other core feature of the IBM i Chroot project: package installation.

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TechTip: IFS Containers Part 2, Automation with IBM i Chroot

by Victoria Mack November 11, 2016 0 Comments

Automation wins in the end. IFS Containers have automation as a first class citizen.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

In the first article of this series, I discussed what IFS Containers are and how they use the chroot command to implement the container concept. To create the IFS Container, we had to manually create directories and copy files. That wasn't a big deal for the small example we created, but imagine if you needed to create an IFS Container for an entire PASE application that had requirements for hundreds of directories, commands, and libraries. This is where automation becomes a necessity, and more specifically, the IBM i Chroot open-source project.

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TechTip: DB2 Adapter for Shells

by Victoria Mack August 12, 2016 0 Comments

aaron bartellIf you're anything like me, you want to participate in the open-source community but don't want to screw things up. I invite you to participate in a safer side of open source.

Written by Aaron Bartell

In the past couple of articles (1 and 2), I've focused on higher-level community musings. I did this to encourage engagement and convey where engagement is already taking place. In short, open source on IBM i is growing significantly faster than it has in the past.


Now it's time to dive back into some geekier topics.

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