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A hot fix is a single, cumulative package that includes one or more files that are used to address a problem in a software product (aka. a software bug). Typically, hotfixes are made to address a specific customer situation and may not be distributed outside the customer organization. Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... A software bug is an error, flaw, mistake, failure, or fault in a computer program that prevents it from behaving as intended (e. ...


A hotfix package might contain several encompassed bug fixes raising the risk of possible regressions. An encompassed bug fix is a software bug fix which is not the main objective of a software patch but rather the side-effect of it. Because of this some libraries for automatic updates like StableUpdate also offer features to uninstall the applied fixes if necessary. A software regression is a software bug which makes a feature stop working after a certain event (system upgrade, system patching, daylight saving time switch, etc. ... StableUpdate is a cross platform library for automatic update of the installed applications on the client side. ...


In a Microsoft Windows context, hotfixes are small patches designed to address specific issues, most commonly to freshly discovered security holes. These are small files, often automatically installed on the computer with Windows Update (although some may only able to be obtained via Microsoft Support) and could contain a hot patch eliminating the need for a reboot. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... Windows Update version 5 through Netscape Browser 8. ... A hot patch is a patch that can be applied to a running program such as a server, an operating system, or another long-running application, without the need to shut down and restart the program thats being fixed in the process. ...


Currently, most operating systems and many stand-alone programs offer the capability to download and apply fixes automatically. Instead of creating this feature from scratch, the developer may choose to use one of the proprietary (like RTPatch) or open source (StableUpdate, JUpdater) packages that provide the libraries and needed additional tools. StableUpdate is a cross platform library for automatic update of the installed applications on the client side. ... JUpdater is a project which aims to create an utility that allows developers to quickly implement version checks into Java programs. ...


There are also a number of third-party software programs to aid in the installation of hotfixes to multiple machines at the same time. These software products also help the administrator by creating a list of installed hotfixes already installed on multiple machines.


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Hotfix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (221 words)
Typically, hotfixes are made to address a specific customer situation and may not be distributed outside the customer organization.
As a side effect a hotfix package might contain several encompassed bug fixes raising the risk of possible regressions.
In a Microsoft Windows context, hotfixes are small patches designed to address specific issues, most commonly to freshly discovered security holes.
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