The only problem is if a program gets into a loop and keeps adding records
until all the DASD is used and your system crashes.  If you are sure that
will not be your problem you can change the file to *NOMAX with no problem.
        I have had occasions in which the create default was set to *NOMAX and a
programmers test program wrote records to a file until I started getting
critical storage messages and was receiving complaints of the system slowing
down.  I found the culprit program and killed it and the file before the
system locked but, the inconvenience was troublesome (having to drop
everything to work on someone else's problem).

Kind  Regards,
Julio R. Domingo
429 Clydebank Drive
Madison, Alabama  35758
Phone:  256-340-5084
Cell:      256-289-4544

 -----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Rick Rayburn
Sent:   Monday, January 07, 2002 10:13 AM
Subject:        Max Records in Physical or Printer Files - To Max or Not To 

...and that is the question.

When creating a physical or printer file, it is MOST annoying and sometimes
VERY disruptive when one of these types of objects reaches its record limit
causing the application to halt until an operator responds with an
incremental value. I know way back in the days of the SYS38 you could "pin"
a machine silly with a runaway file but doesn't the 400 handle this now with
ASP threshold and disk limitations parameters?

We'd like to create all applicable file objects to size(*NOMAX) but perhaps
someone can educate us first to any extenuating circumstances that could
arise from this decision.

Thanks all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Rick Rayburn

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