Kind of a 'support philosophy' question...

There was a PTF for V4R4 that fixed a problem with RPG programs infrequently 
getting an error message something like "Unrecognized record format". (Doesn't 
really matter what the error was; this is potentially academic anyway.)

Now, I've seen bugs that showed up release after release; and until someone 
actually reported the problem, the latest release wouldn't get a PTF. You'd 
think fixes would automatically be rolled up in a new release regardless, but 
I've seen exceptions. So, let's say no one reported the same V4R4 problem at 
V4R5 or V5R1.

Now, you're compiling on V5R1 and need to specify TGTRLS(V4R4). Your program 
eventually exhibits the "Unrecognized format" error. Do you report it at V5R1 
or V4R4? The bug is a compiler bug, not run-time.

I'd expect this to be a bug-fix that should definitely be rolled up, no need 
for anyone to report it new at V4R5 or later. It'd be base compiler code at GA 
or a PTF would be created for later releases as soon as it was reported at 
earlier releases. That's what I'd expect, at least. (And maybe that's the way 
it works.)

But the question has to do with TGTRLS() support on currently supported 
releases. Does anybody happen to know what should happen if a bug is reported 
on a program compiled _on_ a current release but _to_ an older release?

Tom Liotta

Tom Liotta
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