>Be careful in attempting to CLEAR(*ALL) as this procedure can take a rather
large >amount of time. I try this once against an old FULL SYTEM SAVE tape,
and it took >hours.

this will take a long time:
 SAVLIB LIB(SR1) DEV(TAP01) CLEAR(*ALL)

this will not take a long time:
 SAVLIB LIB(SR1) DEV(TAP01) SEQNBR(1) CLEAR(*ALL)

The dft for SEQNBR is *END. This means place the save after the last active
file on the tape.

The SAVSYS cmd does not have a SEQNBR parm. I assume this is because a save
system always starts at seqnbr(1).

also, responding to a previous response:
>I've found the best way is to do a GO BACKUP, then a 21, initialize them
>that way.

there is nothing magical about Go Save, option 21. It just runs cl commands.
To initialize a tape you only need to run the INZTAP cmd.

To save the system, I agree, option 21 is the best solution. No thanks to
IBM, there is no SaveEntireSystem cmd.  ( and a 10 char limit and upper case
only restriction to cmd names ). There are multiple cmds needed to save
everything on the system and option 21 does them all.

Steve Richter
as400, windows c++ contract programmer
new york, new jersey.


-----Original Message-----
From: alan shore <SHOREA@dime.com>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Monday, April 16, 2001 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: INZ


>Be careful in attempting to CLEAR(*ALL) as this procedure can take a rather
large amount of time. I try this once against an old FULL SYTEM SAVE tape,
and it took hours.
>
>>>> "Steve Richter" <srichter@AutoCoder.com> 04/16/01 09:56AM >>>
>you could initialize the tape
>INZTAP DEV(TAP01) NEWVOL(SAVSYS) CHECK(*NO)
>
> or on the savsys cmd, specify to clear ( init ) any active files
 previous
>saves )
>    SAVSYS DEV(TAP01) CLEAR(*ALL)
>
>Steve Richter
>as400, windows c++ contract programmer
>new york, new jersey.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dave Snyder <dsnyder@blcnet.com>
>To: midrange-L@midrange.com <midrange-L@midrange.com>
>Date: Monday, April 16, 2001 9:38 AM
>Subject: INZ
>
>
>>How do I initialize a tape so that when I so a SAVSYS it doesn't force me
>to intialize it then?
>>
>>Dave Snyder
>>Systems Analyst
>>Sterling Financial
>>Phone: 717-735-5876
>>dsnyder@sterlingfi.com
>>
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