03 Jul, 2012

Auto Type Feature in Mainframe


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While Browsing Internet, we have some cool option called address autocomplete. We enter some letters in the address bar and the browser auto completes it with the closest guess.

Does MAINFRAME have the same feature?

Yes! It has autocomplete feature.

How to use it?

·         Enter KEYS in the command line; KEYS window will popup

·         Set any key to AUTOTYPE, save and exit

·         Now type any Dataset partially in ISPF 3.4 and press the assigned PFkey

·         Data sets will be retrieved

Note: It will not retrieve GDGs and VSAM files.

You can see the screenshots for the above mentioned tutorial

1.       Enter Command KEYS in the command line area

   Menu  Utilities  Compilers  Options  Status  Help                

 ——————————————————————–

                            ISPF Primary Option Menu                

 Option ===> KEYS                                                   

                                                                    

 0  Settings      Terminal and user parameters            User ID . :

 1  View          Display source data or listings         Time. . . :

 2  Edit          Create or change source data            Terminal. :

 3  Utilities     Perform utility functions               Screen. . :

 4  Foreground    Interactive language processing         Language. :

 5  Batch         Submit job for language processing      Appl ID . :

 6  Command       Enter TSO or Workstation commands       TSO logon :

 7  Dialog Test   Perform dialog testing                  TSO prefix:

 9  IBM Products  IBM program development products        System ID :

 10 SCLM          SW Configuration Library Manager        MVS acct. :

 11 Workplace     ISPF Object/Action Workplace            Release . :

 12 Vendor/User   Wellpoint’s Vendor and User panels                

2.       It will throw the popup of the  keys value definition page, for the reference I have taken PF4 key as autotype for the KEYS assignment page for ISPF main screen, so whenever I press PF4 in the ISPF screen it will retrieve the relevant Dataset details for the keyword I enter in the command line

   Menu  Utilities  Compilers  Options  Status  Help                           

 .—————————— Keylist Utility ——————————.

 |   File                                                                      |

 | ————————————————————————–  |

 | PRIVATE                 ISR Keylist ISRSAB Change         Row 1 to 10 of 24 |

 | Command ===>                                             Scroll ===> PAGE   |

 |                                                                             |

 | Make changes and then select File action bar.                               |

 |                                                                             |

 | Keylist Help Panel Name . . . ISRSABH                                       |

 |                                                                             |

 | Key       Definition                                 Format  Label          |

 | F1 . . .  HELP                                       SHORT   Help           |

 | F2 . . .  SPLIT                                      LONG    Split          |

 | F3 . . .  EXIT                                       SHORT   Exit           |

 | F4 . . .  AUTOTYPE                                                          |

 | F5 . . .                                                                    |

 | F6 . . .                                                                    |

 | F7 . . .  BACKWARD                                   LONG    Backward       |

 | F8 . . .  FORWARD                                    LONG    Forward        |

 | F9 . . .  SWAP                                       LONG    Swap           |

 | F10  . .  ACTIONS                                    SHORT   Actions        |

 |  F1=Help        F2=Split       F3=Exit        F7=Backward    F8=Forward     |

 |  F9=Swap       F10=Actions    F12=Cancel                                    |

 ‘—————————————————————————–’

3.       In Option 3.4 give the PDS name high level qualifier alone like below and press PF4

   Menu  RefList  RefMode  Utilities  Help                                     

 ——————————————————————————

                             Data Set List Utility                   

 Option ===>                                                                   

                                                                               

    blank Display data set list               P Print data set list            

        V Display VTOC information           PV Print VTOC information         

                                                                               

 Enter one or both of the parameters below:                                    

    Dsname Level . . . XXXX.YYYY                                              

    Volume serial  . .                                                         

                                                                               

4.       After pressing PF4 we will get the autotype command will get works as below

   Menu  RefList  RefMode  Utilities  Help                                     

 ——————————————————————————

                             Data Set List Utility                    Retrieved

 Option ===>                                                                   

                                                                               

    blank Display data set list               P Print data set list            

        V Display VTOC information           PV Print VTOC information         

                                                                               

 Enter one or both of the parameters below:                                    

    Dsname Level . . . XXXX.YYYY.DUMMY.AUTOTYPE                                 

    Volume serial  . .                                                         

                                                                               

5.       The autotyped things are retrieved as highlighted.

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