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This can also help you, this is taken from forum only:
DFSORT is a sort product sold by IBM.
SYNCSORT is a competing product sold by Syncsort, Inc.
One more product is also available there & that is:
CA-SORT, sold by Computer Associates. Obviously, most shops would like to buy only one of these products.
PGM=ICEMAN and PGM=SORT invoke the sort product at your site.
DFSORT's ICETOOL provides additional functions beyond those found in DFSORT. ICETOOL is shipped free with DFSORT (has been since 1991) - if you have DFSORT, you have ICETOOL. Many people don't seem to realize this. And some troglydite managements don't understand this, and forbid use of ICETOOL in production, restricting programmers to only SORT steps. Such managements are fools (but, alas, not uncommon).
DFSORT's ICETOOL is fully documented and fully supported.
SYNCTOOL is Syncsort, Inc.'s version of the ICETOOL package. SYNCTOOL is undocumented.
DFSORT and SYNCSORT are similar products -- they both do sorting, copying, merging, reformatting, etc. And they use similar commands. For most basic sort operations, the same commands will work in both products. When you get into more advanced functions, there are some differences between them -- some functions are only offered in one or the other product, and sometimes different syntax is used for the same operations.