My understanding is that Darren raised two issues in his original post:

ISSUE 1). "I copy/paste that format within the source, so that I can name it something else, but during the copy it seems that the designer is removing some of my source records."
If I've read this correctly, Darren is using the source Editor to duplicate a record format, just as you describe. However, when he switches back to the Designer tool, his source code is "whacked". (NOTE: It would be nice if the Designer tool had the facility to copy/duplicate record formats - just like the old CODE DSU tool. This would avoid having to switch between SOURCE/DESIGN tabs.)

ISSUE 2). "I've tried to edit the source with just LPEX, but I can't seem to open the source without the designed getting involved."
Hence the comments (below) about File Associations and right-click menu options to avoid Screen Designer opening the DSPF member by default.


-----Original Message----- From: Booth Martin
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 7:41 PM
To: Rational Developer for IBM i / Websphere Development Studio Client forSystem i & iSeries
Subject: Re: [WDSCI-L] Designer whacking source when copying

Probably I am misunderstanding the issue but the SEU codes work for me.

I can open a DSPF with the screen editor, open the "source" tab, and put
c on a line number and an a on another line number and press enter. The
line is copied just like in

On 4/10/2017 5:05 AM, Brian Parkins wrote:

The old CODE DSU utility had various record format controls which allowed such functions as copy, paste, duplicate, rename, etc.

Unfortunately, many of these simple "usability" controls are missing from Screen/Print Designer in RDi. (At least, I can't find them!) So, the only solution is to resort to editing the source code. We could submit an RFE, but I suspect it would attract very little support since DDS and green-screen are regarded as obsolete.

Incidentally, you CAN elect to open DSPF/PRTF source with LPEX; either change the File Association preference, or just right-click member > OPEN WITH > LPEX Editor


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