Here is some material about a future OS/400 function, provided before the full release announcement to facilitate planning of any program handling changes you may wish to make. This function was first discussed in a product preview included in the iSeries announcement last October. Starting with the next release of OS/400, program creation data will be retained even when observable information is removed, for programs created for that release. If observable information is removed, the creation data cannot be retrieved by any supported interface, but the system Licensed Internal Code will be able to use it to re-create the program. This new function gives customers more control over the programs they choose to put on their systems, because they can cause programs to be re-created as part of the restore process. This program re-creation choice is expressed by specifying the FRCOBJCVN(*YES *ALL) parameter on the RSTOBJ or RSTLIB commands. Re-creating a program takes advantage of hardware changes and enhancements in optimizing translator technology. Re-creating a program may also enhance its integrity because re-creation removes any alterations that may have been made to its executable instructions. Programs that include creation data and are found to have been altered in certain ways are automatically re-created when they are restored onto a system, to further reduce the potential for security or integrity exposures. This action also occurred on previous releases of OS/400, but its effectiveness will be improved now that more programs will include creation data. Programs that have observable information removed on the next OS/400 release will be larger than the same program would have been if observable information were removed on a previous release, but smaller than the program was before observable information was removed. No computer system is immune from attack. However, retaining program creation data is an important aspect of providing OS/400 customers with even better tools for protecting their systems. Investment protection for customers is also enhanced, by ensuring that all programs created on the next OS/400 release are able to more fully utilize future improvements. Paul Godtland Teraspace & Optimizing Translator Development; Rochester, MN +--- | This is the MI Programmers Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MI400@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MI400-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MI400-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +---
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