IBM i 7.3 Infor LX and BPCS Technical Note
Last updated 25 May 2017
This TechNote contains information for installing or running Infor's BPCS and LX products on IBM i 7.3. This includes required PTFs for IBM i and related operating system components, minimum levels supported for Infor LX (BPCS) software, or other information on known problems and restrictions.
Currently supported versions include:
LX 8.3.x, BPCS 8.2.x, 8.1, 8.0, 6.1.x, 4.0.05 CD
IBM Program Temporary Fixes (PTFs)
PTFs are not listed out individually below once they are part of the latest group PTF or cumulative release. Therefore, it is STRONGLY recommended that you put in place a process to regularly obtain and apply the latest update of the Group PTF for SQL and Database to your system.
Any PTFs required by BPCS programs which are NOT included in the database group PTF or latest Cumulative, are listed separately below. Currently, there are no individual required PTFs for IBM i 7.3.
The most current IBM i 7.3 CUM and HIPER PTFs are strongly recommended as a minimum set. Other PTF groups which are recommended include the Database Group, Security Group, and HTTP Server Group. Here are some useful links for finding and applying PTF groups.
The current Cumulative PTF documentation (SF99730) can be found at this link:
The latest Hiper Group PTF (SF99729) can be found at this link:
The latest DB2 for i Group PTF (SF99703) can be found at this link:
The following link lists the IBM i Group PTFs for all IBM i releases, including links to the latest:
Use the WRKPTFGRP command to check the current level of the installed PTF cum and groups on your system. By default WRKPTFGRP will show multiple levels, but you can specify WRKPTFGRP PTFGRPLVL(*LATEST) to only show the latest applied level.
Known Issues and Resolutions
BPCS and LX install failures
Affected BPCS versions: LX 8.3.0, 8.3.1, 8.3.2, 8.3.3, 8.2.00, 8.1.00, 8.0.00, 6.1.00
Starting in IBM i 7.1 changes were made to the outfile for the DSPOPT command. Several LX and BPCS install processes use this outfile and will fail during the install process. BMR 75728 should be installed prior to running installs for the affected products and versions listed above.
Various BPCS and LX programs do not convert to V6R1
Affected BPCS versions: LX 8.3.0, 8.3.1, 8.3.2, 8.3.3, 8.2.00, 8.1.00, 8.0.00, 6.1.00, 4.0.05 CD
Starting in IBM i 6.1 many secured source programs fail to convert to the new operating system because they are not observable. Obtain BMR 73619 and BMR 73684 to install updated copies of these objects. A new license key is required when installing BMR 73684.
Unable to log into BPCS Client/Server
Affected BPCS versions: 8.2.00, 8.1.00, 8.0.00, 6.1.00
Starting in IBM i 6.1 many NEWI, DOCA or ALAUNCH library objects will fail to convert to the new operating system because they are not observable. Please obtain the proper objects for your BPCS release from BMR 73959 via InforXTreme Support.
SQL Warnings cause errors in many BPCS programs
Affected BPCS versions: 8.0.00, 6.1.00
Please login to http://www.inforxtreme.com
Select Downloads/Patches and select Search for a BPCS Modification Request for a list of BPCS BMRs and cumulative releases for releases 6.1.00 and 8.0.00 that will correct the SQL problem so that the IBM code for suppressing SQL warnings is not required to be activated.
If you choose not to apply these fixes you will need to activate the SQL_SUPPRESS_WARNINGS option.
NOTE that BPCS 8.1 and higher releases do NOT require SQL_SUPPRESS_WARNINGS to be activated and it is NOT recommended as a general practice to activate this option.
RPG Compiler error compiling large BPCS programs – ODTs exceeded
Affected BPCS versions: 6.1.00
ODTs are exceeded when certain 6.1 BPCS programs are compiled into OPM RPG at V4R5 and higher releases of IBM i (OS/400). This issue is corrected by use of ILE RPG in BPCS 8.0 and higher releases. The suggested workaround on prior product releases is to recompile the program manually into ILE RPG.
Infor Xtreme has a utility available on the FTP site called CVTCMPILE which will help to automate this task. From the InforXtreme.com main page select Downloads/Patches and select BPCS/ERPLX FTP to access the FTP site.
RPG Compiler error compiling large BPCS programs – DBGVIEW(*SOURCE)
Affected BPCS/LX versions: 8.3.0, 8.3.1, 8.3.2, 8.3.3, 8.2.00, 8.1.00, 8.0.00
Some large ILE RPG programs may fail to compile when a DBGVIEW value of *SOURCE is specified (which is the default value in the BPCS and LX compile commands). The program can be compiled with reduced debug information by manually recompiling the source with a two-step process that substitutes DBGVIEW(*LIST) for DBGVIEW(*SOURCE). The complete instructions for executing this two-step compile can be found in KB article 1626316 on the Infor Xtreme website.
Error MCH6801 received in ADK
A MCH6801 message is received when running the AS/SET ADK development tool at Security Level (SECLVL) 40 or 50. This is due to some of the AS/SET programs being compiled prior to V2R3. BMR 62901 re-delivers these programs. The workaround is to reduce system Security Level to 30. This affects all versions of AS/SET up to those included with BPCS 8.2.00.