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The  Compare  Output   Queue  command  compares  the   major  attribute
information  from each  spooled file in  one or  more output  queues to
the  same information created  on another system.   The CAPOUTQ command
must be  used on both  systems/partitions to  capture the spooled  file
information.     The   two  libraries   containing  the   spooled  file
information  must  exist  on  the same  system  when  CMPOUTQ  run.   A
spooled file  is displayed or  output with  the differences.   This  is
not a complete comparison, but is a good sanity check.

You must have *ALLOBJ special authority to use CMPOUTQ.

CMPOUTQ  will  check  for  missing  spooled   files  in  both  sets  of

The intent  of CMPOUTQ is to allow a check  that all spooled files have
been moved from  one system to  another such  as when a  new system  is
being converted  to.   Because the  save and restore  of spooled  files
will  change   the  job  name  and  the   open  date/time,  a  complete
comparison cannot be made.

CMPOUTQ compares the information for the following data:

        - Output queue and library
        - User name
        - User data
        - Number of pages

Because  the key cannot  include the same job  name and open date/time,
there may be duplicates.   An additional pass  is made of the  From and
To information and  any duplicates are summarized in  both files.  This
may assist in determining any problems.

Because  this  is  not  a  complete  guaranty  that  the  spooled  file
information is  the same,  it should  be considered  only  as a  sanity

Getting started

  **   Assume you want  to convert spooled files in LIBA  and LIBB from
       an  existing system to  a new system.   You want  to ensure that
       the save and restore  of spooled files  has been done  properly.

  **   Use a special  library for CAPOUTQ.   The library  could include
       other  objects that  you want  to compare  by  your own  code or
       other TAA Tools.

  **   As  a  user  with  *ALLOBJ special  authority,  use  the CAPOUTQ
       command on the existing system such as:


The library will contain:

            OUTQP - The file created by the TAA CVTOUTQ command.

  **   The library should then be  transmitted to the new system.   The
       TAA Tools SAVSNDL and RSTSNDL could be used.

  **   CAPOUTQ  would  then be  run  on the  new  system  for the  same


       The OUTQP file will be created in the library.

  **   Run CMPOUTQ for the comparison:


       A spooled file would be displayed with any differences.

How CMPOUTQ operates

CAPOUTQ  ensures the OUTLIB  exists.   The TAA command  CVTOUTQ is used
for each  output  queue in  the specified  libraries.   One  record  is
written for each spooled  file to the OUTQP file  in the named library.
Any output  queues in the library named  for OUTLIB are never included.

CMPOUTQ begins by checking  the files in the  From and To libraries  to
ensure they exist and have the proper format names.

The  OUTQP file  in  the From  library  is copied  to  the TAAFRQ  file
QTEMP.   This is a keyed version  of OUTQP.  CPYF is  also used for the
OUTQP  file  in  the To  library  to  copy to  a  different  keyed file
(TAATOQ) in QTEMP.  This  is required to allow unique file names  to be
used in  the RPG  program for the  files.  Overrides  are used  for all

The key structure for file is:

        - Output queue
        - Output queue library
        - User name
        - User data
        - Number of pages

CMPOUTQ  begins  by  reading  the  spooled  file  records  in the  From
library and  attempts to randomly  access the  same record  key in  the
corresponding  file in  the  To library.    If the  same  key does  not
exist, the record is flagged and listed.

Note that  the only checking is that the same  key exists.  None of the
other spooled file attributes are compared.

When all spooled file records in  the From library have been read,  the
spooled file  records in  the To  library are read  beginning with  the
first record.   An attempt is  made to randomly access the  same key in
the  in the  From library file.   If the  same key does  not exist, the
record is flagged and listed.

Both the From  file and To  file are read again  from the first  record
and a  listing is made  of the duplicates found  in each file.   If the
same  number of duplicates exist for each  spooled file in the From and
To libraries, you  can be  reasonably assured that  the duplicates  are
the same.

CMPOUTQ escape messages you can monitor for

None.  Escape messages from based on functions will be re-sent.

CAPOUTQ Command parameters                           *CMD

   LIB           A  list of  up  to 300  libraries  (generic names  are
                 valid)  that will  be captured  or the  special values
                 *ALL or *ALLUSR.   The  special values  have the  same
                 definition as defined by the SAVLIB command.

                 The  libraries QTEMP  and the  library  named for  the
                 OUTLIB parameter are implicitly bypassed.

   OUTLIB        The  library where  the information  will  be captured

                 The  library will  contain the  OUTQP file  created by
                 CVTOUTQ.  Any output  queues in the same  library will
                 not be considered.

   REPLACE       A  *YES/*NO  parameter for  whether  the  data in  the
                 OUTQP  member should be  cleared prior  to writing new

                 *YES  is  the  default  to  clear  the  member  before

                 *NO may be specified to add records to the member.

   OMITLIB       A  list of  up  to 300  libraries  or generic  library
                 names that  should be omitted.   *NONE is the default.

                 No check occurs to see  if an omit library would  have
                 been  selected.     For  example,  if   LIB(LIBA*)  is
                 entered with OMITLIB(ABC), no error occurs.

   OMITOUTQ      A  list of up  to 50  output queues or  generic output
                 queue names to be omitted.  *NONE is the default.

                 If   an  output   queue  name  is   entered,  a  fully
                 qualified library name must be specified.

CMPOUTQ Command parameters                            *CMD

   FROMLIB       The library name of  the From library to be  compared.
                 The  library  must have  been  output  by the  CAPOUTQ

   TOLIB         The  library name  of the  To library to  be compared.
                 The library  must  have  been output  by  the  CAPOUTQ
                 command.    The  same  library names  must  have  been
                 specified for each CAPOUTQ command.

   DIFFONLY      A  *YES/*NO  parameter for  whether to  list  only the
                 differences between the two files.

                 *YES is the default to list only differences.

                 *NO may be specified to list all spooled files.

   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
                 is displayed.

                 If  the  command  is  entered in  batch  or  *PRINT is
                 specified, the  spooled file  is output and  retained.


You must have *ALLOBJ special authority to use CAPOUTQ.

The same library names must be used on both uses of CAPOUTQ.


The following TAA Tools must be on your system:

     CHKALLOBJ       Check *ALLOBJ special authority
     CHKGENERC       Check generic
     CVTOUTQ         Convert output queue
     CVTTIM          Convert time
     DUPTAADBF       Duplicate data base file
     EDTVAR          Edit variable
     EXTLST2         Extract list 2
     RSNLSTMSG       Resend last message
     RTVFMT          Retrieve format
     RTVSYSVAL3      Retrieve system value 3
     SNDCOMPMSG      Send completion message
     SNDESCINF       Send escape information
     SNDESCMSG       Send escape message
     SNDLNGMSG       Send long message
     SNDSTSMSG       Send status message


None, the tool is ready to use.

Objects used by the tool

   Object        Type    Attribute      Src member    Src file
   ------        ----    ---------      ----------    ----------

   CMPOUTQ       *CMD                   TAASPOS       QATTCMD
   CAPOUTQ       *CMD                   TAASPOS2      QATTCMD
   TAASPOSC      *PGM       CLP         TAASPOSC      QATTCL
   TAASPOSC2     *PGM       CLP         TAASPOSC2     QATTCL
   TAASPOSC11    *PGM       CLP         TAASPOSC11    QATTCL
   TAASPOSC12    *PGM       CLP         TAASPOSC12    QATTCL
   TAASPOSR      *PGM       RPG         TAASPOSR      QATTRPG
   TAASPOSP      *FILE      PF          TAASPOSP      QATTDDS
   TAASPOSQ      *FILE      PF          TAASPOSP      QATTDDS


   TAASPOSC   CL pgm
       TAASPOSC11   CL pgm

   TAASPOSC2  CL pgm
     TAASPOSC12   CL pgm

Added to TAA Productivity tools January 15, 2009

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