Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

Message board to keep postal customers informed of changes to mailing standards, services, and prices.

March 16, 2010

PostalOne! Patch Release 24.0 Update Today

PostalOne!® Release 24.0 was successfully deployed on March 14, 2010.

Two issues impacting Mail.dat® file processing were reported by mailers and will be addressed in a patch Release being deployed today between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (CST) to both the Production and Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) without an outage to PostalOne! Mailers may experience intermittent access during this timeframe. The patch Release will permanently repair the following two issues:

  • Mail.dat 08-2 files submitted using the legacy Mail.dat application cannot be updated with the USPS® Mail.dat client. In order to allow mailers to complete these jobs without resubmitting, we are making a one-time exception to temporarily activate the legacy Mail.dat application for a period of 30 days.

  • A change in Release 24.0 to a Mail.dat validation enforcing the Container ID field in the CPT record of the Mail.dat file to be left filled with leading zeros. We are temporarily reverting this validation so that leading zeros are not required until an approach for implementing the validation change is identified and reviewed with the mailing industry.

In a separate case, some mailers using the USPS Mail.dat client software in batch mode were not able to process files once they upgraded to release 24.0. These mailers will need to re-enter their user-name and password before being able to run the Release 24.0 USPS Mail.dat client in batch mode. This is a one-time only configuration activity.

Additional information on these issues can be found on RIBBS® under Latest News.