The QSYGETPH documentation (with updates since V3R2) can be found in
the V4R5 Information Center.  It's in the Security category of System
APIs.

Bruce

>
>The QSYGETPH API follows this process:
>Verifies that the user ID and password are correct. Incorrect passwords and
>special cases are handled as follows:
>On level 10 systems, only the user ID is validated because no passwords are
>required.
>If the password is not correct, the incorrect password count is increased.
>(The QMAXSIGN system value contains the maximum number of incorrect attempts
>to sign on.) If the QMAXSGNACN system value is set to disable the user
>profile, repeated attempts to validate an incorrect password disable the user
>ID. This keeps applications from methodically determining user passwords.
>If the user ID is *CURRENT, the QSYGETPH API does not verify the password.
>If the password is *NOPWD, the user requesting the profile handle must have
>*USE authority to the user profile.
>If the user profile is disabled or the password is expired, the call ends
>without generating a profile handle.
>To obtain a profile handle for a profile that does not have a password,
>specify *NOPWD for the password parameter. You cannot obtain a profile handle
>for the following system-supplied user profiles:
>
>           QDBSHR    QFNC        QNETSPLF  QSPLJOB
>           QDFTOWN   QGATE       QRJE      QSYS
>           QDOC      QLPAUTO     QSNADS    QMSF
>           QDSNX     QLPINSTALL  QSPL      QTSTRQS
>
>A single job can create up to 25574 profile handles; after that, the space to
>store them is full. Message CPF22E6 is sent to the application, and QSYGETPH
>stops generating profile handles.
>
>Updates the last-used date for the user and group profiles.
>Resets the signon attempts not valid count to zero.
>If security-related events are being audited, adds an entry to the QAUDJRN
>audit journal to indicate that a profile handle is created.
>
>
>----
>
>If this behavior is what you want, QSYGETPH is for you, otherwise use the
>direct method.
>
>----
>
>BTW the above was taken from V3R2 documentation, but QSYGETPH has been
>removed from
>V4R5 documentation or has been moved (IBM playing their usual shell game
>here).
>


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