Some of IBM’s error messages are more cryptic than others. Copying files from the IFS using CPYFRMIMPF sometimes spits out error messages which are less than clear: CPYFRMIMPF FRMSTMF(‘/FOLDER/FOLDER/FILE’) TOFILE(*LIBL/FILENAME) MBROPT(REPLACE) RCDDLM(LF) STRDLM(NONE) RMVBLANK(NONE)FLDDLM(TAB) ERRRCDOPT(REPLACE) RPLNULLVAL(FLDDFT) File system error occurred. Error number 3021Copy command ended because of error. Internet Search for CPYFRMIMPF 3021 shows nothing!

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Colleague asked me this question just a minute ago – as he said “its obvious when you know how but not when you dont” Simply use the IBM i RNM command: Personally, I find this command syntax a little annoying: fully qualifying the FROM string and then just using the unqualified NEW file name in

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AKA – How to copy IBM i IFS folder and all subfolders and documents to a new Location I just upgraded a clients PRESTO Server to the current version 8.1 What is Presto? It’s commonly called an IBM i Modernization Application : Essentially transforming the old fashioned AS400 style Green Screen terminals to modern Webstyle

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IBM i iASP (Independent Auxiliary Storage Pool) The independent auxiliary storage pool (IASP) is the strategic building block for availability on IBM i. There is a lot of mythology around migrating to an IASP environment, and some extremely wild estimates about the complexity of migrating. The reality is usually considerably easier than most people would

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By default, the IFS lives in the *SYSBASE ASP. But, we can move the IFS Directories, and all documents therein, to the iASP location easily: Let’s assume your ASP is called ‘my_iasp’ 1) Vary on iASP WRKCFGSTS CFGTYPE(DEV) CFGD(ASP) 2) Create your new directory on the iASP, if it doesn’t already exist CRTDIR DIR(‘/my_iasp/dir_name’) 3)

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An interesting question was lobbed at me this morning – “How can I change the data change timestamp in an ifs file?” One of the good folks over at Tire Rack (the software developers, not the blokes that change the tires) asked if I knew a way to update the timestamp for the data changed

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This morning I had an email from a blog subscriber ( Hi Rick! ) asking for a code tips on how to cleanup IFS file names to remove erroneous characters and/or malformed directory name slashes. Rather than reply with a plethora of programming options — here is an old, but functional, RPG code snippet that

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So, yesterday I added a neat little snippet to my Control Language Program on this #IBMi system, and re-awakened an irritating feature thats bitten me before. I slept badly last night with this problem niggling away in my brain. But awoke to a bright chilly Las Vegas morning with a steamy coffee and a solution

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Search Scan Replace text in IFS files on IBM i using QSH This morning I wanted to find a quick and dirty way to “Scan Replace text in IFS” files without writing a program to do it…. SPOILER ALERT – it’s really really insanely simple using JAVA QSHELL and the SED command So, before I

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From AS400 DLS to IBM i IFS Over recent years, I’ve been playing with the IBM i Integrated File System a lot more than usual. The IFS allows us to use and easily share IBM i Data with Windows/Linux/Apple or just about any other computer on the network. It basically shares native IBM i (AS400)

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Problems Downloading IBM i ACS (Access Client Solutions)? The new replacement for the aging, creaky AS400 Client Access is the cunningly titled IBM i Access Client Solutions Download this all new JAVA software is free, as long as you create an IBM Passport Account and once installed it lets you connect to the IBM I

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IFS profile disabled? So, I have a love/hate relationship with IBM i’s integrated File System (IFS) Does you keep getting asked for username and password when accessing a windows IFS share? Are you confused why the share to your IBM I Server cannot be viewed in Windows Explorer? Can you view the IFS from one

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