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Source in the IFS is definitely the way to go in the long run.

There are a small handful of tools that still don't support IFS -- but it's not hard to work around the problem (just a simple utility that copies source to a temporary member during compile.)

For /copy books, I recommend having a place that's designated as the location for any needed copybooks.  On the Unix system I work on, they use /usr/include for copybooks included with the system, and /usr/local/include for copybooks that are specific to your installation.   If you use those locations (or designate your own) for your copybooks, it's just one location to be sure you include.

Use relative paths for testing in development/test/qa environments (with a copy of the copybook)

Then use the RPGINCDIR system wide to set up folders like /usr/include and /usr/local/include and use paths relative to those for anything available system-wide (i.e. things that aren't currently "checked out" by the developer for making changes, etc.)

On 3/29/2023 3:46 PM, Sam_L wrote:
I'm experimenting with putting source in the IFS. Would like sone input.

1) Do you miss the text on the source and the created object?

2) What's the best way to handle /COPY of utilities shared between projects.

I don't want want to hard code the /COPY file, or use an RPGINCDIR environment variable, or specify an INCDIR on the CRTxxx command.

Using path name relative to the source file directory seemed best.
For testing I created a directory structure like this:

TestInc looks like this:
/include ../Copy_Mbrs/incText.rpgle
dsply theMsg;
*inlr = *on;

incText looks like this:
dcl-s theMsg char(30) inz('Hello included text');

Which compiles quite nicely. But is this the best way?

This is for my personal projects on PUB400, so no source management packages.

Any suggestions, comments, discussions welcomed.

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