If you were to modify your search/utility program, I would prefer a
parameter that let me specify how many ICCF libraries I have, rather
than having something hard-coded in the program.
Right now, at the County, we run with the default number of ICCF
libraries, and only a half dozen, or so, are used for anything, other
than what the z/VSE System uses. All our source and JCL are in
Bim-Edit. But other places I've been, we've used most of the ICCF
libraries that were defined.
Prin. Info. Systems Support Analyst
County of Ventura, CA
Since you asked.
Many, many years ago I gave Jay Kopman,who has since passed, some code
for free. In exchange he gave me a subroutine that he wrote to access
the DTSFILE. This subroutine was, at the time, used in HIS ICCF scan
utuility that KcKinney later bought or has license to sell, presumably
paying Jay's successors. Back in the day McKinney GAVE the source code,
I think, to whomever licensed their GSR product. It's still being used
today (i.e. MACKICCF.OBJ) but McKinney no longer provides the source
code. I recall learning that they did modify it to automatically
determine the device type the DTSFILE resides on.
Since I now had access to the DTSFILE I set about writing a FCOBOL
program, later changed to COBOL/VSE, to perform scans (I have a z/VSE
library scan utility too). I added lots of bells and whistles to it
which does much, much more than McKinney's current GSR product does.
At the time IBM shipped the DTSFILE with 99 libraries (many years ago
IBM up'ed this to 199 libraries). Unfortunately I wrote it based on 99
libraries IBM was shipping at the time. I guess this tells you how long
ago I wrote the program although I kept adding additional functionality
over the years.
If I were to sell it it's somewhat useless for those sites that use
more than 99 libraries, unless, I make modifications to it and I don't
know how many people would be interested in purchasing it even IF I were
to modify it.
From: Dovid Wakser <***@aol.com>
To: 'VSE Discussion List' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 1:14 pm
Subject: RE: ICCF Curiosity Questions
We had a client who had 300 ICCF libraries; they processed data for
other companies, and each company had its own set of libraries for
production JCL (100-200 members, depending on the company*s needs) and
I never snooped through their libraries, but I once saw a *map* and
almost all the libraries had at least a *dummy* place holder. And I
know that 300 was used.
Alas, we migrated them out of ICCF onto CMS and VMLIB, to handle their
auditors* requests for tighter controls.
Why are you asking? I am CERTAIN it is not idle curiosity. J
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:02 PM
Subject: ICCF Curiosity Questions
Since there's been some discussion about ICCF lately I have the
following curiosity questions.
The following is for those that actually use ICCF on a regular basis.
1). How many ICCF libraries, above 99, do you actually have members
contained within them.
2). Of those above 99 that you actually have members contained within
them what's the highest that actually contain members.