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Can Someone CL-ear This Up?

Q: I have an RPG program that calls a CL program that, in turn, submits a batch job. How can I make the CL program return the submitted job’s job number, name, and user profile to the RPG program?

— Josh Mason

A: The Submit Job (SBMJOB) command sends completion message CPC1221. Receive the message and extract the information you need from the MSGDTA parameter, as shown in Figure 1.

— Gene Gaunt

PGM (&SUBNAME &SUBUSER &SUBNUMB)

DCL &SUBNAME *CHAR 10
DCL &SUBUSER *CHAR 10
DCL &SUBNUMB *CHAR 6
DCL &DATA *CHAR 80

SBMJOB /* something */

RCVMSG MSGTYPE(*COMP) RMV(*NO) +

MSGDTA(&DATA) /* receive CPC1221 */

CHGVAR &SUBNAME %SST(&DATA 1 10)
CHGVAR &SUBUSER %SST(&DATA 11 10)
CHGVAR &SUBNUMB %SST(&DATA 21 6)

Figure 1: The MSGDTA parameter provides all the information you need.

Java and RPG Communication

Q: I have an interesting RPG and Java question: How can I handle an externally described parameter list with Java when interacting with an RPGLE module? Our standard for intermodule communication is to use externally described files, so we place the file we need in the D-spec, prefix it (when necessary), and use it to pass parameters between modules. How can we accomplish the same kind of smooth intercommunication when calling RPGLE modules from Java servlets or applets?

A: Use the record-level access (RLA) classes. You may not use the direct-access mechanism of RLA, but you can still use it to retrieve formats.

First, get an AS/400 object instance to your AS/400. Second, instantiate a record description object. Third, retrieve the appropriate record format. Fourth, create a Record object as a data buffer area. Finally, use the settor methods to populate the record file. Now you have a buffer object in EBCDIC that you can pass to RPG and COBOL via data queues or whatever.

Figure 2 contains a code sample that illustrates this process. Note that, when you retrieve a data buffer, you pull the values into Java with the getField method of the Record object.

— Don Denoncourt Senior Technical Editor

Midrange Computing

AS400 sys =

new AS400("111.111.111.111", "password", "profile");
AS400FileRecordDescription recDesc =

new AS400FileRecordDescription(sys,

"/QSYS.LIB/MYLIB.LIB/MYEXT.FILE");
RecordFormat format = recDesc.retrieveRecordFormat()[0];
Record dataBuffer = dtaqFormat.getNewRecord();
dataBuffer.setField("PACKED92", pckd);
dataBuffer.setField("ZONED60", znd);
dataBuffer.setField("CHAR20", char20);

Figure 2: Java can retrieve and use a record layout without using a file for I/O.

Running rmiregistry in Batch

Q: Is there a way to run the Java rmiregistry command in a batch Qshell session?

— Mark Charles

A: The rmiregistry tool is one of the AS/400 Developer Kit for Java utilities and a Qshell built-in command. It’s used to provide a name service to Java clients who want to invoke object methods remotely on their servers. Since rmiregistry is a server process that produces no output, it would be ideal to run this command in batch mode instead of from the Qshell command line. Using a Qshell script, this is possible with a single Submit Job (SBMJOB) command.

First, add this Qshell script code to a file in your AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS) home directory. (You can download the code from www.midrangecomputing.com/mc.) I’ve saved mine to /home/walter/runreg.sh: The export command causes the QIBM_MULTI_THREADED environment variable to be used in processes subsequently started by the script. To run Java programs, this variable must be set to Y. The next line invokes rmiregistry; the trailing ampersand (&) on this command tells Qshell to run the command asynchronously and, in effect, causes it to create a new process that uses the environment variable you just set.

#!/usr/bin/sh
export CLASSPATH=.:/qibm/ProdData/HTTP/Public/ jt400/lib/jt400.jar:
export QIBM_MULTI_THREADED=Y
rmiregistry 1099 &

Submit the command to batch by using a Submit Job (SBMJOB) command similar

to this:

SBMJOB CMD(STRQSH +

CMD(‘/home/walter/runreg.sh’)) +

JOB(RMIREGSTRY)

I’ve named the batch job something familiar with the JOB parameter so I can find it in a Work with Active Jobs (WRKACTJOB) display later. If I want to end the server, I simply do an End Job (ENDJOB). However, since rmiregistry is a Java program, it may create other thread jobs. When ending the server, these thread jobs need to be forcefully removed with ENDJOB, too.

— Walter Goodwin

A Plethora of PDM Options

One of the things I like most about PDM is the ability to create my own options. IBM reserves numeric options for its own use, but the rest of us can create options by using one letter, two letters, or a letter and a number.

Recently, several of the participants in the Midrange Computing Web forums (www. midrangecomputing.com/forums) shared their favorite homegrown PDM options. I’ve listed some of them in Figure 3. Special thanks go to Joe Pluta, Bret Myrick, Gene Gaunt, Barbara Morris, “Dave A.,” and Bill Robins. I didn’t have room for all of them, so I tried to select options that were of special interest or appeared to me to be of wide appeal. Maybe you’ll find something here that can save you keystrokes as you work.

— Ted Holt Senior Technical Editor

Midrange Computing

Option Command
AF /* Create AFPDS printer file */ CRTPRTF FILE(&L/&N) SRCFILE(&L/&F) SRCMBR(*FILE) DEVTYPE(*AFPDS)
AL /* Add to library list */ ADDLIBLE LIB(&L)

B /* Call pgm in batch */ SBMJOB CMD(CALL PGM(&N)) JOB(&N) JOBQ(QBATCH) JOBPTY(5)
BM /* Browse source member */ DSPPFM FILE(&L/&F) MBR(&N)

CF /* Change PF */ CHGPF FILE(&N) SRCFILE(&L/&F) SRCMBR(&N)
CP /* Create program */ CRTPGM PGM(&L/&N) MODULE(&L/&N) ENTMOD(&N)
CQ /* Clear member */ CLRPFM FILE(&L/&F) MBR(&N)

CS /* Create service program */ CRTSRVPGM SRVPGM(&L/&N) MODULE(&L/&N) EXPORT(*ALL)
CT /* Change file with temporary DFU */ STRDFU OPTION(5) FILE(&L/&N)

CV /* Cvt to RPG IV */ CVTRPGSRC FROMFILE(&L/&F) FROMMBR(&N) TOFILE(&L/QRPGLESRC) TOMBR(&N)

LOGFILE(*NONE)
DF /* Delete file from member list */ DLTF FILE(&L/&N)
DP /* Delete pgm from member list */ DLTPGM PGM(&L/&N)
DS /* Display last interactive compile */ DSPSPLF FILE(&N) JOB(*) SPLNBR(*LAST)
DU /* Delete module */ DLTMOD MODULE(&L/&N)

DV /* Delete service program */ DLTSRVPGM SRVPGM(&L/&N)
ED /* End debug */ ENDDBG
JJ /* Compile Java */ QSH CMD(‘javac -g &N.java’)

JS /* Job schedule entries */ WRKJOBSCDE
LL /* Display library list */ DSPLIBL
LL /* Edit library list */ EDTLIBL
OL /* object lock */ WRKOBJLCK OBJ(&L/&N) OBJTYPE(&T)
QC /* call command processor */ CALL PGM(QCMD)

QF /* Query file */ RUNQRY QRYFILE((&L/&N))
RG /* Reclaim ActGrp QILE */ RCLACTGRP ACTGRP(QILE)
RZ /* Reorg file */ RGZPFM FILE(&L/&N) KEYFILE(*FILE)
SD /* start debug */ STRDBG PGM(&L/&N) OPMSRC(*YES)
SD /* Submit CL cmds to batch */ SBMDBJOB FILE(&L/&F) MBR(&N)
SJ /* jobs submitted from this job */ WRKSBMJOB SBMFROM(*JOB)
SL /* Create RPG module */ CRTRPGMOD MODULE(&L/&N) SRCFILE(&L/&F) OPTION(*SECLVL *NOGEN)
SP /* spool files for this job */ WRKJOB OPTION(*SPLF)

WA /* Active jobs */ WRKACTJOB
WQ /* Qtemp objects */ WRKOBJPDM LIB(QTEMP)
WW /* work with writers */ WRKWTR
XS /* Delete last interactive compile listing */ DLTSPLF FILE(&N) JOB(*) SPLNBR(*LAST)

Figure 3: PDM options save time and are easy to develop.

Displaying Serial Dates with Query

Our system stores dates in five-digit packed fields as the number of days from December 31, 1971. To show the date in field DATFLD in a readable format with Query/400, I create a result field, DSPDAT, defined with this expression: To find the correct number to add to DATFLD for another offset date, I would use the expression DAYS(‘mm/dd/yy’) in a temporary query.

This works fine if DATFLD is always filled out, but a date of all zeros shows up in the report as the offset date. To present zeros as blanks, a few more functions must be used. These fields are shown in Figure 4.

First, create a 0/1 field (called SWITCH here) to indicate whether or not DATFLD is zero; do not turn off rounding. Second, create a character field (CHRDAT) containing the converted date. Third, use the substring function to pick zero to eight characters from CHRDAT and place them in field DSPDAT. The value function selects the first element in a list that is not null. Because a substring of length zero is null, blanks print when DATFLD is zero. The whole operation for creating DSPDAT can be specified in a single result field: Note that the multiplier is 9, whereas it was 8 in Figure 4. The reason for this change is that the substring function uses only the integer part of the intermediate result to calculate the length. Therefore, DATFLD/(DATFLD+1) = 0.999..., which must be multiplied by 9 to obtain the right result. As long as meaningful dates are more than eight days from the offset date, this works fine.

— Jørn Nielsen

date(DATFLD + 719892)

value(substr(char(date(DATFLD +
719892)),1,(DATFLD/(DATFLD+1)*9))
,’ ‘)

Field Definition Length Decimals

SWITCH DATFLD/(DATFLD + 1) 1 0 CHRDAT char(date(DATFLD + 719892))

DSPDAT value(substr(CHRDAT,1,(SWITCH*8))”

,’ ‘)

Figure 4: Dates of all zeros print as blanks.

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  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

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    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

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    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

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    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
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    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.