October 2017

This newsletter
has been updated
to describe new
features and
support for
new z/OS releases.

Latest update:
January 29, 2024

Overview and
description of features in
IOF Release 8G

z/OS V3.R1 Support
z/OS V2R5 Support
z/OS V2R4 Support
z/OS V2R3 Support
Encryption and Compression Support
Support for 8 Character Userids
New Online Quick Reference Guide
Improved Help


IOF Release 8G provides support for z/OS V2R3.  It also adds an online Quick Reference Guide and improved Help.

z/OS Version 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 3.1 Support

IOF Release 8G provides support for all releases of z/OS through version 3 release 1.  Release 8G is the only IOF release that runs with z/OS V2R3 and higher releases of z/OS.

IOF Release 8G provides complete support for 8 byte userids

Encryption and Compression Support

The latest MPI file supports JES2 data set encryption and compression.  Encrypted data sets are properly displayed to authorized users.  Compressed data sets are decompressed and displayed. The new "KL" line command on the IOF Job Summary panel displays data set keylabels.

Online Documentation Improvements

 This release provides significant improvements to the IOF online documentation.

New Online Quick Reference Guide

The new QR command provides access to an online replacement for the old Quick Reference Card.    The QR command can be entered from any IOF panel and dynamically adapts to display only the features that are allowed for each user.

There are concise descriptions at the highest level but you can also nest down to detailed HELP information for any topic.   

New HELP BR Command

Enter the BR command on a HELP menu panel to browse all of the topics under that panel as a single document.  You have all the features of IOF browse, so you can issue FIND commands to locate specific information.

Action Area on HELP Menu Panels

 In addition to menu numbers, there are now action areas beside each selectable menu item on HELP menus.  This allows you to use the S line command to nest to lower level HELP panels.

 Simplified HELP Panels

 In addition to the enhancements above, many individual HELP panels have been improved and simplified to make the online HELP easier to use. 

 Dynamic IOF Option Menu

IOF Release 8 introduced new options that do not appear on the IOF Option Menu unless the user is authorized to use them. During install, the $$TODO member provides information about how to authorize the new funtions. In addition, Virtual Help Desk problem number PC09 provides specific information about how to cause IOF options to be shown on the IOF Option Menu.   

JF  (Job Find) Command

The JF (Job Find) command was made available at spin level 2019256.  If you did not install that spin level or a recent CUMFIX file then the new JF command will become available  with this latest MPI (or CUMFIX file).

The JF command works very much like the popular ZF command, except that it scans a list of jobs from the IOF Job List Menu instead of a PDS.   From the list of "hits" you can drill down to a specific sysout in a specific job.  Like ZF, you can use any valid ISPF FIND parms:

JF blarg 10 All sysout and sysin data sets
JFI blarg  word Only INPUTJCL and sysin data sets
JFM blarg 5 20 Only Log, JCL and Messages data sets
JFD sysprint blarg Only sysouts with DDNAME of SYSPRINT
JFS 9999 blarg Only sysouts with less than 9999 record

To reduce your search time, before entering your JF command you can limit Job List by using EXCLUDE commands.  For example,
EXCLUDE JOBNAME NB ABCD (only jobs named ABCD* )
EXCLUDE JOBNAME NC BCD (only job names containing BCD)

Enter the JF command with no parms on any IOF screen to see more information about the JFx commands.

RUNIOF Command

RUNIOF lets you run alternate versions of  IOF.  This can be particularily useful for testing new generations of IOF.

RUNIOF has two parameters.  The first parameter is required and is the 3 character IOF version and level to be run.  For example,  RUNIOF 8G3.  The second parameter, if present, specifies IOF options that will be passed to IOF as an initial parameter.

The RUNIOF command was introduced in SPIN level 2020317. It is only available if you installed IOF from an MPI file at SPIN level 2020317 or later.  



The latest release of IOF is Release 8G. The latest spin level of  IOF Release 8G is 2023300 (October 27, 2023).

  To order the latest release of IOF 8G, return to: IOF Release 8G


The latest release of IOF is Release 8G. The latest spin level of  IOF Release 8G is 2023300 (October 27, 2023).

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