The Check TAA Changes command helps provide an understanding of
potential incompatibilities when moving to a new update or version of
the TAA Productivity Tools. The tool is run automatically at the
time of install using the last used date of the previous TAA version.
A listing is output. The information may not be 100% complete, but
should provide a review of what you should consider.
While CHKTAACHG is a normal TAA tool on your system, it is of primary
use when you are installing a new TAA version.
The tool compares the changed tools in the new version against the
last used date of the old version and lists the changes to be
Note that only the information regarding the tools that are being
used on your system appears in the listing. For a complete list of
the changes, do DSPTAA TAAINCOMP.
Assume that you are upgrading from V5R4M0 to V6R1M0. As part of the
installation of the V6R1 TAA Productivity Tools, the date of the TAA
version previously installed on the system is extracted. Each change
that is described in the TAAINCOMP source member is checked to see if
it occurred after the install date. If so, the changed tool is then
checked to see if it has been used on your system. If so, the change
description is listed.
The tools are listed in version date order describing the version
date and the last time you used one of or the only command provided
by the tool.
Differences are described as either *OPER (operational) or *PGM
(programming). *OPER typically means that a command that is normally
entered interactively has been changed or the output has been
changed. For example, a command default may have changed. *PGM
means that if one of your programs is using the command, the program
may have to be changed. For example, you may need to monitor for a
new escape message.
The *OPER/*PGM indication may be helpful in understanding the change,
but it is only an indication of the typical use. In some cases you
may be using a DSP type of command in a CL program that may have to
be changed. CHKTAACHG supports an option to specify either type.
The version that runs with install specifies the default of *ALL.
The use of a tool is determined by the 'last used date' for any
command object provided by the tool. In some cases another TAA Tool
may be using the changed tool as a sub-function. If this is your
only use of the changed tool, the change can be ignored as the
primary tool has already been modified to handle the change.
It is possible to reset the 'last used date' for the TAA commands.
If this has occurred, misleading information may be provided.
Finding the source or objects of changed tools
** To search object programs, use the system command PRTCMDUSG
(does not operate on ILE programs).
** To search source members, use SCNALLSRC (if you know the
library where the member may exist) or SCNALLSRC2 if you want
to scan all or a list of libraries.
TAA Commands outside of TAATOOL
The most significant problem users have in moving to a new TAA
version is if they have duplicated a TAA command to a library outside
of TAATOOL (an exception is the optional the command library if one
was specified on the install of the product).
If the TAATOOL version of the command adds a new parameter (upward
compatible), any reference to the command in a user library will fail
because there is a mismatch of the parameter list versus the command
processing program. This has been especially true of TAA commands
such as ADDDAT, RTVDAT, or other RTV commands.
When you install the TAA Productivity Tools, the CHKTAAPRD command is
run automatically to list any use of TAA function that exists in
libraries outside of TAATOOL. If you did not see or act on the
listing, you can use CHKTAAPRD again to see if you have TAA functions
outside of TAATOOL.
If you have TAA commands outside of TAATOOL, you should either place
TAATOOL on the library list or library qualify the use of the TAA
command to TAATOOL. Delete the non-TAATOOL library version of the
CHKTAACHG escape messages you can monitor for
None. Escape messages from based on functions will be re-sent.
CHKTAACHG Command parameters *CMD
VERDATE The date that you want to begin checking for changed
tools. The date should be entered in job format.
The date does not have to be an actual date of a TAA
Any tools changed after the date will appear in the
output if a command within the tool has been used (see
the BYPNONUSE parameter).
The earliest date that may be entered is Feb 16, 2006.
BYPNOTUSE A *YES/*NO parameter for whether to bypass the tools
that have not been used.
*YES is the default to bypass the tools that have
not been used. Any commands supported by the tool
are checked for the last used date. If none of the
commands supported by the tool have been used since
the VERDAT entered, the tool is not listed.
*NO should be entered to list all changed tools
regardless of whether they have been used on your
system. This is essentially a listing of what can
be seen using DSPTAA TAAINCOMP.
CHGTYPE *ALL is the default to list tools that have had
either operational or programming changes.
The *OPER/*PGM indication may be helpful in
understanding the change, but it is only an
indication of the typical use. In some cases you
may be using a DSP type of command in a CL program
that may have to be changed. The default of *ALL is
used when the tool is used at install time.
*OPER may be entered to list only those tools that
have had operational changes.
*PGM may be entered to list only those tools that
have may require programming changes.
OUTPUT How to output the results. * is the default to
display the spooled file if the command is entered
interactively. The spooled file is deleted after it
If the command is entered in batch or *PRINT is
specified, the spooled file is output and retained.
The last used date information is based on the last used date for
objects. This assumes that the information has not been reset for
the TAATOOL library
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
RTVTAAD Retrieve TAA description
RTVTOLCMD Retrieve TAA commands for a tool
SNDESCINF Send escape information
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
None, the tool is ready to use.
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ---- --------- ---------- ----------
CHKTAACHG *CMD TAATOMQ QATTCMD
TAATOMQC *PGM CLP TAATOMQC QATTCL
TAATOMQC2 *PGM CLP TAATOMQC2 QATTCL
TAATOMQR *PGM RPG TAATOMQR QATTRPG