• Subject: Release License API
  • From: "Bob Randall" <BLR@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Nov 1999 15:31:34 -0600
  • Importance: Normal

I am coding my first OS/400 Software API <oh the joy>, and I have what is
probably a very basic question. Then <oh my> an ethics question. I posted a
question some time back, about releasing licenses for users via a program. I
have part of it working, but part of it is not.

The basic question concerns the LICL0200 format used by QLZARLS. (Wow, that
last sentence looks like I almost know what I am talking about <LOL>) I am
trying to release a license for a single user, and the format calls for  the

Binary(4) Offset to user
Binary(4) Length of license user
Char(8) License user handle
Binary(4) Offset to additional license user info
Binary(4) Length of additional license user info
Char(*) License user
Binary(4) Number of uses held

All I know when I release the user in WRKLICINF is the user ID. Obviously I
am in the right product and so forth, but I don't care about the other users
that are remaining. What would this table look like (especially the License
user handle) to release a user ID of say "BOB"? Or is that not exactly what
it is intended to do?

Now for the ethics question. I am attempting to release a license through a
program that I releasing manually is a non-issue. When that person goes back
to using the software they get re-issued a license. Is it wrong to release
the license through a program like this, thus effectively introducing
something like concurrent licensing? Is that why I am having trouble
figuring out what the License user handle is?

TIA, for any answer <grin>,
Bob Randall

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