The interesting part of Brad's question, for me, is, what are the original defaults? The original defaults are not stored in the command object. If the help text comes from a UIM panel group, you can get that, unless the person who created the command, such as you or I might do, unless that person also changes the help text. IBM does not change help text when you change a default.

I'm interested in what the original defaults are, in order to know what it used to be - for the commands from IBM that have been changed where I work.


On 6/26/2022 4:35 PM, Javier Sanchez wrote:
I am so surprised Brad, for me you are one of IBM i Gurus. Most of my
applications that I have written, have commands, as most need human
interaction to start and end them, because at the end, they are
stand-alone, NEP applications that someday need to be restarted. Ever
since I started writing user-defined commands, I have always known that
their defaults are stored in the definition of the command itself (meaning
the object). Also, I have had to change my own defaults in some cases.
And when I have saved them and restored them to some other libraries or
even boxes, they go along with the changed default.

I have never wondered that as you are doing now, but my experience says
that this is not probably available through some SQL interfaces so far as
you find now with say, IFS objects or even QSYS objects.

Maybe your concern can open IBM eyes to do that.


El mié, 22 jun 2022 a las 15:36, Brad Stone (<bvstone@xxxxxxxxx>) escribió:

Something I've been wondering for a long time.. are command defaults stored
anywhere in a table... or are they actually part of the command itself?

Even if it's just if a user uses CHGCMDDFT to change it and it's only
stored then, that may be useful.

If they are stored in the command object.. I suppose there's no way to get
the defaults without processing the command with a CL... maybe dumping the
object? Man, I haven't done that forever. :)

Bradley V. Stone
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