I would recommend contacting David Morris and see if you can add your utilities to his open source iSeries Toolkit. http://www.iseries-toolkit.org/ There are a lot of other individual open source projects out there. I think it would be better to contribute to an existing one than it would be to start another. Mark craigs@xxxxxxxxx Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx 10/06/2003 02:15 PM Please respond to Midrange Systems Technical Discussion To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx cc: Subject: Get CHKLNK, CHKPFM, FNDSTR, etc programming utilities I (and others here) have developed utilities to help us in programming and maintenance. Most of these (at least I) bypassed IBM because they would have to go through all these committees, decisions, and programming time. We need them now! We have done a majority of the programming on utilities, so it seems like IBM would just have to make a decision. I developed a command called CHKLNK during V5R1 to check for the existence of IFS objects (generic). Allows "*" (up to) and "?" (any wildcards) even allowing "*" at beginning. For example, CHKLNK OBJ('/dir/*EFG?I*Q*'). I wrote my own procedure for scanning a generic pattern and just copied it to programs that should use it. I thought, okay, if IBM hasn't even mentioned any utilities like this and it is already V5R2, forget it. More and more programmers are asking for a way to check the existence of an IFS object and I direct them to the CHKLNK command. It returns a generic CPF9898 but it does the job well. There are many others that we worked around. Does IBM just not care about enhancing utilities? Does anyone care? If I could get my hands on the CHKOBJ command, I could allow all those objects to be input generic like it should have been in the first place. I'm doing it now with the CHKLNK command. I developed a utility to find strings in source and someone else developed a utility to find the location of source given a member. There are utilities to FTP automatically given a script with error-checking and without passwords being open to prying eyes. With a little more time we could even develop an alternative to almost every SNADS command. I asked IBM if it was possible to send a message from one system to another without using SNADS. They said no. I thought a little more and proved them wrong. Just use FTP with the "quote rcmd" using sndmsg as a remote command. There are others that we just developed instead of pushing IBM. Now, I am looking at creating something like a CHKPFM for the sole purpose of allowing generic member names to be checked easily. I am thinking of using this to check the status of batch jobs. Each job would do an ADDPFM using a 4 char id and a 6 char job number. Right before the job finishes, do a RMVM. That way no job would be in contention for the physical file. Then the calling job could loop and run a command to check for any members starting with that 4 char id to know if a job is in MSGW or not. Not really good though if a job is cancelled. Anyway, does anyone know of some PTF's or some websites with some good and free utilities for iSeries? Is there an open source for iSeries? Any way we could get our hands on the source and make our own version? Should I try to push IBM on some of these utilities or share utilties on some website somewhere? Thanks, Craig Strong _______________________________________________ This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) mailing list To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/midrange-l or email: MIDRANGE-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l.
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