Yes. Data files to be searched, not source files. Who doesn't know how to
search a source file!?!?!?

Yes, every file in a specific library (but it'd be nice if I could specify
more than a single library).

I often search on Windows from the root directory when I don't know where
something is stored. So it takes a long time? As long as I find it, that's
what counts, not how long it takes.

But yes, this is a one time thing I needed to do this for and I just wanted
to know if anyone had already climbed this mountain so I didn't have to.

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Joe Pluta
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 2:37 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Search OS/400 Physical Files

Shannon ODonnell wrote:

From: Dave Odom

Vern, et al,

I think what Shannon is looking for and I for sure am, is a native i5/OS
Search function that allows me to put in a character string or whatever
*ALL libraries, if I so desire, and have it search ALL files in all
libraries, particularly source or physical files and have it function like
the Search function in Windoz. I have entered STRPDM, I have pulled up
list of objects from all libraries, I have put in 25 in the option field
the first on the list (shouldn't have to do this if I want to search all
objects in one or more libraries in the first place) and I pressed enter.
get "Option 25 not valid". So, I then tried WRKF. I say all files, all
libs, PF. I get a list. I put in 25 in the option field of the first
file, I get "Specified option number not allowed". I have *ALLOBJ and am
SECADM. So, I don't see ANYTHING that allows me to do a Windoz like
on all objects for a character string or anything like it. What am I

This is another one of those discussion best left avoided simply because
they're rather frivolous, but maybe I can interject a teeny bit of sanity.

First, nobody I know of searches all of a Windows machine starting at
the root. Why? Because it takes forever.

So, are you really asking to search every file in every library on the
i? I Usually you're asking to search a few libraries. And
are you really asking to search physical files, or just source members?
Because searching physical files for a text string seems to me to be an
awfully rare occurrence, and one better suited to SQL.

So I'm going to limit my response to source searching. Searching a
library is damned simple, even from the green screen. Do a WRKOBJPDM,
limit it to objects of type *FILE, attribute PF-SRC. Piece of cake:


Now, do a 25, F13, Enter. Type in your scan string. Done.

Now, if you *insist* that you want to search every file in every library
(and I reiterate that if this is something you do regularly, then you've
got much larger issue, but what the heck), then just use the search
capabilities of RDi. It will allow you to do a massive search, but be
warned it will take a while. But then again, search on a string
starting at root on Windows and let me know what day it finishes.

Okay, I'm done.


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