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Enhanced tool to use of the 'Search For' utility in z/OS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000213896D
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a tool that works within a high performance enterprise operating system to assist with the editing of a sequential file, of Partitioned Dataset (PDS) members, or of a concatenation of PDS data sets. The invention displays the 'search for' listing and edits members based on cursor position within the listing. Thus, the tool provides a new way to invoke an existing utility within a supporting system configuration and management program that makes it easier to use.

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Enhanced tool to use of the 'Search For' utility in z/OS

A high-performance enterprise operating system includes a 'search for' utility that searches for the specified text in sequential and partitioned datasets. The utility provides a list of the occurrences of the text. Frequently, the next step is to use the listing to manually edit the datasets. To edit the members of a partitioned dataset, a user must locate and select the member name. Within a member, the user must manually find the target string among many lines. Selecting the member and finding the target text among other text is time consuming and prone to error.

This invention saves time by assisting with the editing of a sequential file, of Partitioned Dataset (PDS) members, or of a concatenation of PDS data sets. The invention displays the 'search for' listing and edits members based on cursor position within the listing. Thus, the tool provides a new way to invoke an existing utility within a supporting system configuration and management program that makes it easier to use.

This tool assists with the editing of a dataset through the following steps:

1. A user calls the tool as a line command and invokes it for several of the datasets displayed on the panel; the user can type the command on the same line as the dataset name. This step requires two parameters:


• Dataset name: the dataset is either a partitioned dataset or a sequential dataset


• Target string: Specify any text; the tool delimits it with a blank. The user can also specify a hex value by using hex notation (e.g., X'3235')

Another variation is as a primary command, where the first parameter is a dataset name or a FILE name. The method supports four optional parameters:


• PREFIX: A keyword that causes the search to be only for word prefixes


• WORD: A keyword that causes the search to be only for whole words


• VOLUME (volid): A parameter that identifies the volume of an uncataloged dataset


• MEMBER (filter_list): A parameter that identifies which members of a

PDS to search. The filter_list is a list of member names separated by blanks or commas. The names can include wildcard characters to select multiple members.

TThe method assumes that any other parameters are search strings. Some examples:

%SEARCH4 MYJCL.CNTL BATCH

%...