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What is an APAR?
February 13, 2012

An Authorized Program Analysis Report (APAR) documents and tracks software defects reported by you, the IBM customer. IBM Lotus Support creates an APAR when it determines that a problem that a customer is experiencing is a suspected defect.

After an APAR is a created, a corresponding Software Problem Report (SPR) is created. Any SPR with a related APAR is a customer reported defect, while any SPR without an APAR is an internally reported defect that either the customer has not experienced or reported yet.

APARs contain information about a single defect that one or more customers have experienced. The APARs listed in the Lotus Notes/Domino Fix List are reported customer defects that have been corrected in a release or that are planned for a future maintenance release.

If you have been given an APAR number to track a reported defect, you can find information about the defect through the Lotus Notes/Domino Fix List. See the APAR view to find your APAR, the Lotus Notes/Domino release in which the defect has been or will be fixed, and the related SPR. Additionally, IBM Lotus Support publishes APAR information on the IBM Support Portal for Lotus software site under the Troubleshoot->Search All: APARs section.

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