Check out the archives for a protracted discussion of the extension of the
User library list as:

A)  a poorly implemented superfluous abomination
B)  a long awaited, much needed enhancement
C)  a poorly implementent but somewhat desirable modification
D)  some of the above.

Those of us working with software packages that assume they're the only
product on your AS/400, and that assume you're running "vanilla" either
needed the extended library list or an enhancement to the vendors' library
structures...

-Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: David.X.Kahn@gsk.com
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Sent: 12/20/01 3:21 AM
Subject: RE: Large library lists...

Al wrote:

>  V5R1 Library List Enhancement:
>
> The correct spelling of the word "enhancement" is
> "fiasco".
  <snip>
> This would be the significant first change in the
> history of the System/38, AS/400, iSeries platform
> that will break users code,

There's no doubt that this change will break code. However, I can't
think
of any way to extend the limit without that happening. I've known plenty
of
sites where the current limit was being pushed fairly hard and was
something of a problem. My guess is that the original limit of 25 was
chosen by the developers of the S/38 as a figure that customers could
not
reasonably be expected to approach, rather like the limit of 256
computers
in a network in early SNA, although there may also have been performance
concerns back then.

Given that 25 libraries are not enough, although you might dispute this,
what are the realistic alternatives?

Dave...
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