on 10/18/97at 05, the Great and Grand  Wazir Brian & Dawn Stapleton
<bstapleton@ameritech.net> said:

I have a situation where I have a batch job that needs to know if another
batch job is running, so that if it is, the first batch job will abort
only a portion of the run.

One choice would be for you to go into the other batch job's critical
point and create an empty file.  As a last step in the other job, delete
the batch file.  Then the new job can check for the existance of the other
file and then a) go on; or b) get out.  

Another way would be to create a named data area (CRTDTAARA name) and let
the other procedure insert "busy" into position 1 thru 4 while it  is
running and "----" at the end of the job.  Then you can retrieve the field
in either your CL or RPG program.  (I said "busy" but of course you might
rather have the job number, the user's name, the time and date, or a small
statement of praise for the programming staff.)

Booth Martin     

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