December 2015

Release 8F
z/OS Data Set Functions
IOF/JAMS Enhancements
z/OS V2.R2 Support


Release 8F supports all versions of z/OS through z/OS V2R2.  It may run but has not been tested with OS/390. 

IOF now offers two new commands for dealing with z/OS data sets.  The ZF command provides powerful features for scanning partitioned data sets.  The ZDS command is a very general utility for printing or copying z/OS data sets.   

This release also contains major enhancements to Job Archival Made Simple (IOF/JAMS), which is a personal archival system that can be used with no help from tech support.

The new FINDBACK command for IOF browse can be very helpful when browsing data that has a nested structure.  Also, the IOF utility that converts the security rules of other products has been significantly enhanced.

You can now email HFS files directly from the IOFMAIL interface menu.  Also, IOF now supports display screen sizes up to 32K.

IOF 8F also contains complete support for JES2 8 byte job classes.   


ZF Command to  Scan z/OS Partitioned Data Sets

For the first time, IOF now offers support for dealing with z/OS data sets.  The ZF command allows you to scan a partitioned data set using any FIND command parms, and each hit is displayed with a record segment containing the search string.  From the hit list you can nest to browse or edit the member, and you will nest to the specific hit, not just the start of the member.

The ZF command can be entered from any IOF or ISPF menu or from TSO READY.  It can also be used on ISPF 3.4 as a line command just as you might use the SF command, except that you can use any FIND command parms:

 That command  produces the following  display.

From this screen you can nest to a specific "hit" using IOF browse, ISPF Edit, or ISPF View.

Click here to see a sample session that uses many of the ZF command features.  



ZDS Command to Browse, Print, Copy or Email  zOS Data Sets

The new ZDS command allows you to browse, print, copy, or email sequential z/OS data sets or entire partitioned data sets.  This command uses IOF interfaces so that you can print data sets using your normal SS attributes.  You can also browse an entire PDS as a sequential file and easily browse the first instance of a member in a library concatenation.

 Enter  ZDS with no parameters to display the ZDS Interface Menu.

To browse a z/OS data set specify it in the Data Set Name field.  Browsing data sets with carriage control will display the data just as it would appear on a printed page.

 Like ISPF browse or edit, specifying a partitioned data set name without a member will produce a member list.

 To browse the first occurrence of a member in a library concatenation (like SYSPROC), specify the DD name and member name.

 Use the PRT, CPY, and SND primary commands to print, copy, or email the specified data set.  For partitioned data sets (specified without a member name), these commands will print, copy, or email the entire PDS.  There are several options for inserting a header before each member in the output.  For example, you can include a display of the ISPF stats for each member.   

 Click here to see a sample session that uses many of the ZDS features.


Major Enhancements to IOF/JAMS

IOF Job Archival Made Simple (IOF/JAMS) is a very simple archival system that archives each job to a standard z/OS data set. That means that you don’t need a complex data base or new security rules. If you can access a job with IOF, you can archive it. If you can create z/OS data sets, you can create archive data sets.

IOF Release 8F contains significant enhancements for IOF/JAMS.  Users can now easily add a simple step to the end of a job to cause the job to archive itself.  Also, new features have been added to make it easy to print, copy, or email an entire archived job.


Here are some sample job steps that could be added to the end of a job to cause the job to archive itself:


Click here to see a sample session that demonstrates the power and simplicity of IOF/JAMS.      


New FINDBACK  (FB) Command

The new FINDBACK (FB) command in IOF browse allows you to return to the location where the previous FIND command was entered.  This can be very helpful when browsing data with a nested structure.  And you can return back up through multiple nested FIND commands by entering multiple FINDBACK commands.

Email HFS Files from IOFMAIL Menu

You can now send HFS files directly from the IOFMAIL menu:   

In the example above you can see that HSF file names can be specified for the attachment, message, and address list “data set” prompt fields.     

Support for Screen Sizes up to 32K

IOF 8F provides support for  display screen sizes up to 32k. 

These sizes are required for IOF to function properly under IBM's z/OSMF.

Support for Eight Byte Job Classes

IOF Release 8F is the first IOF base release to provide complete support for the new JES2 eight byte job classes.

This support was initially provided in spin level 2013316 of IOF Release 8E.


Enhanced Compatibility Support

IOF  provides a utility function to assist in converting the security rules for other products into IOF security rules.  That conversion utility function has been significantly enhanced for Release 8F.


z/OS Version 2.2 Support

IOF Release 8F provides support for all releases of z/OS through version 2 release 2. 


IOF 8F was officially released on Friday, December 11, 2015.  The latest spin level is 2017132.



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