IBM MTM 2019: Part Two – Challenge #03

Moshi moshi, Kevin-des!

In this challenge we will get more familiar with IBM’s productivity facility. Does this mean we will get more productive? Well, inside a mainframe, YES! Outside the mainframe? Not so much.

Interactive System Productivity Facility, ISPF

IBM Master the Mainframe Part Two – Challenge #03

If you’re interested in viewing a video that explains the ISPF panel you can view this 8 minute video.

You can do the challenge preparation but it’s really only a quick tour of the ISPF panel. In my case, I don’t really need it anymore.

Use ISPF to copy a member of a partitioned data set to a different partitioned data set

This is a super short challenge. I like super short challenges. Let’s get on with it!

Much like challenge 2 we issue the primary command dslist PDS.DATA. Next to z#####.PDS.DATA we enter the line command ‘co /’. This command is used to copy the current selected data set.

We are then presented with a list of data sets we can copy to.

We tab to the left of the member named FUN and enter s to select it. Then the system will display a COPY ENTRY PANEL.

The only details we need to change are:

  • Name: p2.output
  • NEW member name: #03.

Add a slash next to Replace like-named members.

Then press enter and we should have copied the contents to our new member!

Verify the completion of Part Two – Challenge #03

Again we use the same commands as we did to verify the completion of challenge #01 in part two.

  • dslist ‘z#####.p2.output’ as primary command.
  • b line command next to Z#####.P2.OUTPUT
  • s line command next to #03

If you failed you will see:

  • If you see member name FUN instead of member name #03, then delete d member name FUN. d is a line command. This means you have got it wrong and you will need to try and copy the member again.

If you succeeded you will see:

4 thoughts on “IBM MTM 2019: Part Two – Challenge #03

    1. Hi Camilla

      Navigate to your Z#####.PDS.DATA and make a new member using s FUN. Then go into edit mode by using line command s next to FUN and issue the primary command: COPY ‘ZOS.MTM2019.PUBLIC.PDS.DATA(FUN)’.

      That should do it! In ZOS.MTM2019 you will always find clean copies of every data set.

      Kind regards,
      – Kevin

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