As part of a discussion in this FAQ, these questions have come up:
Here's a sample from the current EBF list for Solaris SPARC:
The EBFs that say "SA components only" only contain the software for the database server and related client libraries and tools (not including Sybase Central nor dbisql, but does include dbisqlc). Updated software for the other SQL Anywhere components - Mobilink, Ultralite, Relay Server, etc - are not included in the EBF. If you only use the database server (and/or the database client software) - i.e. you do not sync your data - then applying the "SA components only" EBF will update all of the pieces that you use. Note that the "SA components only" type of EBF is only done for the Unix platforms (including Linux and Mac).
When you apply a "SA components only" EBF to an install that contains non database server/client software the non-database related software does not get updated but will continue to function. I.e. you can mix versions in this special situation but it is not recommended. i.e. If you are using more than just the database server and related client software then we would recommend that you only use "all components" EBFs.
Note if the download site does not explicitly say "SA components only" or "all components" then it is an "all components" EBF. i.e. everything is included unless otherwise specified.
If you using a Unix platform (i.e. NOT Windows) and you apply a "SA components only" EBF and then want to apply another EBF (for "all components") then just download the all components EBF and apply it. The "all components" EBF will update all of the software, older and newer, that you have originally installed.
Why do we do this? It takes time and effort to test all of the software in the SQL Anywhere package. Periodically we have customers that only use the database server (and related client software) that need a fix quickly. In these cases if we are unable to schedule the testing of the entire package within a short timeframe we will choose to post a "SA component only" EBF.
answered 05 Apr '13, 14:10
If you click on the icon next to each download, you'll see the README that lists the categories of fixes that are included with each patch.
In general, the EBFs marked 'SA Components Only' are missing the MobiLink and UltraLite fixes - these components will remain on the previous build that was installed. All other components will be updated with the usual cumulative fixes.
You will need to request a new EBF through your technical support plan with Sybase/SAP, or wait until a new EBF version is available with all of the components.