Hi Booth,

> Would it muddy the waters to suggest the ! alias? Using the ! in place of
> quote helped me to underestand what is happening bettter.
>
> ! syst

I'd say it'd muddy the waters, yes.  As far as I can tell, ! and QUOTE
aren't even similar.  Not even a little bit.

Quote sends it's parameters, without any type of syntax checking to the
FTP server.  This allows you to "talk directly" to the FTP server without
the client needing to understand it.

> quote syst
  215 UNIX Type: L8 Version: BSD-199506

By contrast, ! sends nothing to the remote system.  It instead sends it's
arguments to the local operating system's command shell. (on the iSeries
that would be the CL command processor, in Windows it's the MS-DOS
command processor, on Unix it's usually /bin/sh.)

> ! syst
  Error occurred while attempting the CL command.
  Error message ID = CPF0001.
  Error found on SYST command.

I believe that ! is an alias for SYSCMD, is that what you're thinking of?
At any rate, that's very different from QUOTE.


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