Hmmmm - interesting - I'll check it out - thanks Vern.


On Nov 27, 2019, at 5:47 PM, Vernon Hamberg <vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Jon, I find I can use SYSCOLUMNS freely but not directly the QADB* files it is based on. And I have pretty basic user authority, nothing special.

Vern

On 11/27/2019 4:06 PM, Jon Paris wrote:
Dieter has reminded me of one possible reason to avoid the system tables - which is the authority level required. Unless I misunderstood an earlier comment - you need well beyond regular user authority to use SYSCOLUMNS whereas most anyone can use DSPFFD.

Is that correct?


On Nov 27, 2019, at 4:34 PM, Bruce Vining <bruce.vining@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Dieter -- Unfortunately QADBIFLD and QADBXSFLD do not contain all of the
information found with DSPFFD/QUSLFLD. For instance the buffer length of
10 for a date field in *ISO format.

Jon -- If you do a DSPFD of SYSCOLUMNS and SYSCOLUMNS2 you'll find these
QADB* tables are used in the view definition.

PS -- In my earlier post I'm not sure where the "...I'm kind of up in the
area on...". That was supposed to be ..up in the air...

On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 11:27 AM D*B <dieter.bender@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

<Jon>
Not familiar with qdbifld, and/or qadbxsfld - where do they fit?
</Jon>

... q[a]dbifld and qadbxsfld are part of the repository views in sysibm
and
qsys2. Out of my head they should contain all info of DSPFFD and co. (they
are base of the commands and APIs, I suppose). The problems with these
are:
it's not guaranteed that the layout won't change with new releases and
access is restricted to privileged users. The apis and the "nice" and
"modern" UDTFs don't have the built in wizards and help information the
command interfaces of AS/400 have. From APIs to commands with outfiles was
a
step forward and introducing UDTFs is a step back!!!

D*B

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