This function allows you to store the CRT command parameters in the
corresponding source member as comment lines. For example, assume
you want to always create an RPG program with the parameter
USRPRF(*OWNER). You would enter the first source statement of the
The function works with either the Programmer Menu or the Programmer
Development Manager (PDM).
An option also allows you to specify REPLACE(*NO) which will cause a
program object to be deleted before the create command is submitted
to batch. To take this option, you must create a data area as
A unique special value *EARRLS (earliest release) exists for the
TGTRLS parameter. This typically allows a create for the 2nd
previous release. For example, if you are on V7R3M0, you may specify
TGTRLS(*EARRLS) and create an object for V7R1M0. The TAA RTVPRVRLS
command is used to determine the earliest release an object can be
An option also exists to include the CHGPGM or CHGMOD command
parameters within the source. A typical statement would be:
F*CHGPGM RMVOBS(*ALL) USEADPAUT(*NO)
The *PARMS or *CHGPGM statements can be mixed in any order. Both
commands are assembled based on the source statements read and run in
the sequence of CRT followed by CHGPGM (or CHGMOD).
Use with the Programmer Menu
To use the Programmer menu, you would specify the exit program which
is specified on the STRPGMMNU command. The EXIT parameter should be
STRPGMMNU ..... EXITPGM(TAATOOL/TAASRCDC)
The exit program (TAASRCDC) is passed the contents of the programmer
menu display. If F4 has been used (prompt for command parameters),
the CRT command is submitted to batch and will be executed without
change. If F4 is not used, the CRT command is used as a parameter to
the TAASRCDC2 program which is submitted to batch.
Use with PDM
PDM allows an alternative to define a user option. When the 'Work
with Members using PDM' display occurs, you can use the special
function keys to create your own option.
When a user option is specified, you cannot prompt for the CRTxxx
command to be submitted. All of the command parameters which are not
passed from PDM, must be in the source.
You must first consider where you want to place the options. The
default is the QAUOOPT file in QGPL. You can see which options file
is being used by specifying F18 'Change defaults'.
If you do not want to use the default, then you must create your own
file. A typical solution would be to use CRTDUPOBJ to duplicate the
existing QAUOOPT file in QGPL to a library of your choice (use the
same name of QAUOOPT). Then use the 'Change Defaults' display and
modify the library for the QAUOOPT file.
After you have selected which file to use, the 'Work With Members'
display should appear. You can use the F16 key for 'User Options'.
This will display the 'Work with User-Defined Options' display and
you will see the existing options. To create a new option, specify
A display will appear named 'Create User-Defined Options'. You can
enter a 2 character ID for the option. You may choose any
characters, but a typical entry would be 'CP' (Create with parms).
The command you key in should be as follows (the SBMPDMPARM command
has already been created).
SBMPDMPARM SRCFILE(&F) SRCLIB(&L) MBR(&N) OBJLIB(&O) MBRTYPE(&S)
Be sure you put apostrophes around the JOBD value.
The variable names (like &L) are used by PDM to determine what should
be mapped into the command.
The job description value is passed from PDM. It can be changed
using F18 (Change defaults).
The TAASRCDC2 program operates in batch and opens the source file
member to see if the special form of PARMS statement exists. If the
PARMS statement exists, the program adds the parameters to the CRT
command. The CRT command is sent as a request message to the
external message queue and the TAASRCDC2 program transfers control to
The following requirements exist with this support:
1. The parameters must be specified in the first ten records of a
source member. One thru ten statements may be used with the
PARMS indication. If no PARMS statement is found, the CRT
command is submitted normally. Note the exception for CRTCMD.
Other comments may exist in the source in the first 10
statements. For example you may specify:
/* This is the PAYROLL program */
/*PARMS USRPRF(*OWNER) LOG(*YES) */
/*CHGPGM USEADPAUT(*NO) */
The CHGMOD command is similar such as:
/*CHGMOD RMVOBS(*ALL) */
Only the first ten source statements are checked.
2. A single parameter cannot be split across the two source
3. If F4 is used from the programmer menu (prompt for additional
parameters on the CRT command), the source member parameters
are ignored. It is assumed that the programmer is issuing an
override type function by the use of F4.
4. If CRTCMD is used, the TAASRCDC2 program blanks out the PGM
parameter as submitted from the Programmer Menu. The PGM
parameter must be defined in your source. The intent of this
is to eliminate the need to specify the command processing
program each time a command is created.
5. The Programmer Menu does require that you have an entry in
Parm 2. The normal solution is to place any character there
(e.g. X) as the program name. The TAASRCDC2 program then
blanks out the value and uses the PGM parameter in your
6. The format of the PARMS statement in the source must be one of
-- RPG and DDS type of source
This is considered a 'fixed' form of source. The value
*PARMS must appear in positions 7 - 12 followed by a
blank. Positions 14-80 can be used for parameters such
F*PARMS USRPRF(*OWNER) AUT(*EXCLUDE)
F*PARMS TEXT('I prefer this rather than *SRCMBRTXT')
F*CHGPGM RMVOBS(*ALL) USEADPAUT(*NO)
-- CL and Command type of source
This is considered a 'free' form of source. The value
/*PARMS must appear in positions 1 - 7 followed by a
blank. Positions 9 - 80 can be used for parameters.
The */ characters can appear beyond position 76 (SEU
allows 71 characters of source without windowing).
/*PARMS USRPRF(*OWNER) LOG(*YES) */
/*PARMS ALWRTVSRC(*NO) */
/*PARMS REPLACE(*NO) */
/*CHGPGM RMVOBS(*ALL) */
/*CHGMOD RMVOBS(*ALL) */
7. UIM type of source
UIM requires a comment to be in the form of .* ... beginning
in position 1. The value *PARMS must appear in positions 3 -
7 followed by a blank. Positions 9-80 can be used for
parameters. The source types MENU (CRTMNU) and PNLGRP
(CRTPNLGRP) are supported. The comments must appear as:
.PARMS TEXT('I prefer this rather than *SRCMBRTXT')
8. COBOL type of source
While COBOL is a free form language, a comment line requires
an * in position 7. Consequently, it takes on the same
attributes as the fixed form like RPG or DDS. The value
*PARMS must appear in positions 7 - 12 followed by a blank.
Positions 14-80 can be used for parameters. Because the
comment lines must appear as the first two records (i.e.
before the Identification Division) a warning diagnostic will
appear on the compilation listing. An example is:
*PARMS USRPRF(*OWNER) AUT(*EXCLUDE)
*PARMS TEXT('I prefer this rather than *SRCMBRTXT')
You may wish to have your own convention for how parameters are
described in the source rather than those shown in this example. The
same technique will work, but you must modify the TAASRCDC2 program
to match your convention.
Some users may want to restrict the use of certain CRT commands (e.g.
CRTRPGPGM) to be executed in batch only. This can be done by
specifying ALLOW(*BATCH) on the CHGCMD command. However, this cannot
be done if F4 is used from the Programmer menu. By placing the
parameters into the source, F4 does not have to be used and the
specific CRT commands can be restricted to batch.
Since the command parameters are entered into the source as if they
were comments, there is no syntax checking done at entry time. If an
invalid entry is made, the CRT command will fail and a job log will
be produced (assuming the default logging level).
To assist in making the proper source entry, the TAASRCDC2 program
sends messages to the job log showing the correct format of the PARMS
source record (based on the source type) as well as the first two
records from the source file/member. If your source PARMS statements
are not being correctly processed, use the job log from your batch
job and review the special messages.
Source types supported
Most of the major source types are supported including RPG, RPGLE,
RPGMOD, CLP, CLLE, CLMOD, PF, LF, DSPF, CMD etc.
In the i5/OS environment, the CRTxxxPGM, CRTCMD, CRTDSPF, CRTPRTF,
and CRTICFF commands default to REPLACE(*YES). If you take the
default and the new object creates successfully, the old object is
placed in QRPLOBJ and the security options (authorizations and the
USRPRF option on programs) are copied from the existing object to the
new object. If the new object fails to create, the old object still
exists in the same library.
REPLACE(*YES) is a desirable default when replacing production
objects. However, when in a development mode, the default can be
For example, if the CRT command fails, the programmer may not notice
the failure and call the program. This will result in calling the
old version of the program and the programmer may waste time before
he realizes what has happened. A similar function can occur if the
programmer calls the program before it has finished the create step.
To provide a solution, the CL program that operates interactively
(the CPP for SBMPARMS), checks for the existence of a data area named
SBMPARMS. If it exists on the library list, the existing object will
be deleted before the batch program is submitted.
To make the function operate as REPLACE(*NO), create the following
data area in a library on your library list:
CRTDTAARA DTAARA(xxx/SBMPARMS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1)
TEXT('Used by SBMPARMS to determine REPLACE(*NO)')
If the data area exists and the old object is deleted, any security
on the old object is lost. The new object creates with default
security unless you specify otherwise.
If a S/38 environment CRTxxxPGM command is executed, the
REPLACE(*YES) option does not apply. The program will be deleted.
** The TAASRCDC2 program is written to assume that the file uses
the FIX type of *PARMS statement. You may need to add
additional IF... CHGVAR statements to change the default to
FREE for the appropriate command names. The program is
written to assume the FREE type if the command name is
CRTCLPGM or CRTCMD.
** The program assumes the CRTCMD PGM parameter will be specified
in your source.
** Not all source types are supported.
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
PMTOPR Prompt operator
RTVPRVRLS Retrieve previous release
SCNVAR Scan variable
SNDCOMPMSG Send completion message
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
The tool is ready to use, but you need a PDM option to be effective.
See the earlier discussion about how to create the user option needed
to operate from PDM.
See the earlier discussion about how to create a data area to provide
the REPLACE(*NO) function for program re-creates.
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ----- --------- ---------- -----------
SBMPDMPARM *CMD TAASRCD QATTCMD
TAASRCDC *PGM CLP TAASRCDC QATTCL
TAASRCDC2 *PGM CLP TAASRCDC2 QATTCL
TAASRCDC3 *PGM CLP TAASRCDC3 QATTCL
TAASRCDC4 *PGM CLP TAASRCDC4 QATTCL
The SBMPARMS data area is created by you (if needed) to achieve the
REPLACE(*NO) function for program re-creates. See the previous
TAASRCDC is the exit program
SBMPDMPARM is the command specified for user options
TAASRCDC3 CL (Command processing program)