On 30-Jun-2014 11:33 -0500, John McKee wrote:
A few weeks ago, I ran DSPFD on production (well used to be)
libraries. Found a lot of deleted records and reorganized those
files. They were set to reuse deleted records.

Ran the CL again on all files in all libraries.

The files QADB* in QSYS should be explicitly omitted from such processing. The effects from issuing Reorganize Physical File Member (RGZPFM) against those files needs to be expressly evaluated for the potentially highly negative impact to the system operation; the request to reorg any of those files should not be on a whim or even a mere consequence of something akin to a whim due to some algorithm blind to the relevance of the underlying data and the requirements [for the users and the system] to have access to that data.

QSYS/QADBIFLD has 678746 records and 361,585 deleted records.

How is space recovered from this file?

The file QADBIFLD is the System Database Cross-Reference (DBXREF) table of columns; i.e. as physical data, primarily for the SYSCOLUMNS SQL Catalog VIEW. When any new columns are created, a new record to track that column is placed in the file QADBIFLD in QSYS; in effect, whenever that column is deleted, the row representing that column within the catalog is deleted, and that becomes a deleted record. Thus whenever new file(s) are created, due to the file QADBIFLD having the Reuse Deleted Records (REUSEDLT) feature activated, deleted rows will tend toward being utilized instead of remaining as /deleted/ entries.

The *DBXREF feature enables a data-refresh feature with either the Reclaim Database Cross-Reference (RCLDBXREF) or the Reclaim Storage (RCLSTG) features. The refresh is typically the most favorable approach [over reorg], first because the system is offline thus limiting impacts to concurrent work, and second because any errors with the data should be resolved by the request [whereas a reorganize would just move any incorrect data]; the former command has an option to display if the status of the DBXREF data is known already by the DBXREF feature, to be incorrect.

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