Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Using SQL to look for object locks

view all jobs locking an object using sql

This is almost embarrassing. I was asked if there is an easy way to programmatically check if an object is being used by another job. I knew the name of the SQL View, but when I searched this site I could find I mentioned it when IBM i 7.2 TR3 was announced, but I did not write anything more about this View. Today I am making amends of that oversight.

The question was is it possible to know which users are using an object. I could just use the Work Object Lock command, WRKOBJLCK, at the command line:


But I needed to be able to retrieve within a program the same information.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Copying source statements from IFS files into programs

copy and include source code from members and ifs files into another member

I am sure we are all familiar with using a copy compiler directive to copy source code from a "copy book" source member into another. As we can now edit and compile individual source files in the IFS, how can I insert code from those members into the source code of my source file members?

Below I am going to give examples in my three favorite IBM i programming languages:

I have three files in an IFS folder, MyFolder, that contain snippets of RPG, CL, and SQL that I want to copy into programs in a source file, DEVSRC, in my library, MYLIB. I also have code snippets in other source members I want to include too. How to do it?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Retrieving the Host's name using SQL view

getting the system name from a sql view

When I run SQL queries, especially when retrieving system information, it is useful to include the IBM i partition name. I have been using a User Defined Function, UDF, I created to call a CL program to get this information. But looking at my trusty poster of Db2 for i I found the View that gives me the partition's host name and more interesting information.

This View also gives me the IBM i operating system version and release numbers, so I don't have to use the QSS1MRI data area and the DATA_AREA_ table function to retrieve it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

IBM Rational Developer for i Hub website

The next part of the process of moving the contents from IBM's now closed developerWorks to other new IBM sites occurred last week, with the announcement of the new Rational Developer for i Hub.

This is wonderful looking website that has put a wealth of information just a few clicks away from the home page. It appears to have everything that would help an existing RDi user, and for someone new to this tool. I have to say excellent work, and thank you, to all involved with creating this website.

You can reach this new site by clicking on this short URL:

This follows the RPG Cafe's new site, which was opened in December of last year.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Delete many spool files with one command

delete many spool files all at once

Addendum: It is easier to do a mass delete of spool files using a SQL procedure, you can read about it here.

Have you ever wanted to delete many, many spool files with just one command? You know the scenario someone decided to print every invoice that had ever been generated, and now I have several thousand spool files in an output queue. I use the WRKSPLF command to view all of the spool files in the output queue, and starting deleting them one at a time by putting a '4' next to them. As I do this I am thinking there must be a better way?

Could I just clear the output queue? No, that's not possible as there are many other spool files in the same output queue, belonging to other users, that need to be printed or retained.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Checking authority to a file using SQL

using sql scalar function to determine if user is authorized to use a file

It was another one of those examples of a find when I was looking for something else. This is a SQL scalar function, SQL_CHECK_AUTHORITY, that returns a single value to inform me if I am authorized to use a file or not.

What is a scalar function? A scalar function is passed one or more parameters and returns a single value.

The syntax is very simple:


It returns one of the following values:

Friday, January 3, 2020

IBM YouTube series on PowerSystems myths

I stumbled upon a YouTube series about PowerSystems myths given by Skip Garvin, IBM Lab Services Expert. The goal of this series is to dispel the myths we have all heard, many times, about the perceived short comings of the PowerSystems servers.

These videos are about PowerSystems, and not IBM i. I thought I would share these so we all learn that a public cloud running on x86 servers is not the only future.

The series, to date, comprises of:

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020

The last of the Christmas presents have been opened, and all of the decorations have been taken down and stored away. At the beginning of a new year I always like to reflect on the old year, and look forwards to what is coming.

2019 was another exciting year for the IBM i community. A new release of the operating system became available to us. Accompanying the new release there were another two Technology Refreshes for IBM i 7.3, and the first TR for the new 7.4. These added all kinds of new and exciting features and functions to our favorite operating system, which I have written about in this web site.

The only way I can gauge what you, the readers of this blog, considered the most interesting posts I wrote last year is by looking at the most read. These were: