• Subject: Re: MIDRANGE-L Digest V1 #720
  • From: "Joe Teff" <jteff19@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 19:57:51 -0500

> Folks,
> 
> In a message dated 97-10-18 13:31:56 EDT, you write:
> 
> > Use a data area. Load a value into this data area at the start of your job
> > and clear it out at the end. Any job can then check this value to see if
> > your job is running.
> 
> I've seen at least two responses on this, and have to disagree with actually
> placing a value in the data area.  If the system goes down or the program
> falls over, the value is left and the jobs looking for it don't run -- even
> though the program isn't running.  For this reason, I prefer the allocation
> method.
 
I've used both methods and prefer the allocate method when appropriate. 
Sometimes though, the dataarea method is necessary. In some cases the procedure 
has to be "locked out" until the original job has been re-started and run to 
completion.

Joe Teff
QDS
Bloomington, MN
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