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What is difference between SYNCSORT and DFSORT?

 
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karthikr44

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:19 pm    Post subject: What is difference between SYNCSORT and DFSORT?
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Hi,

I am a fresher to mainframe. Can any one tell me the difference between SYNCSORT and DFSORT. Whether there is any change in EXEC parameter of JCL?

And how to know the version of SYNCSORT and DFSORT currently using?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:45 pm    Post subject:
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basically both are utilities to sort, extract and compare files... different products from different vendors.

To know what product are you using in your shop, once run, look at the SYSOUT, if you find WER messages then you are running Syncsort else DFsort (messages begins with ICE*).


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply to: What is difference between SYNCSORT and DFSORT?
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Hi acevedo,

Thanks for ur reply.
In our shop we use SYNCSORT.

And also tell me that whether we can use the DFSORT utilities SORT2000,SORTPDUG,SORTPEUG,SORTTOOL,SORTBYND,SORTNEW
in SYNCSORT.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply to: What is difference between SYNCSORT and DFSORT?
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Just now i see the forum

http://ibmmainframes.com/viewtopic.php?t=25349&highlight=difference

I understand the difference between the Syncsort and DFsort.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:12 pm    Post subject:
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thanks for your feedback... other people could find it in the future...just remember we all should search before posting.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:48 pm    Post subject:
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I like to point out that SyncSort has a MAXSORT feature. This allows very large files to be sorted by automatically breaking into smaller sorts and doing merges. It can be stopped and restarted at any break between sorts or merges. One standard jobstream can handle either small or large input files.

We have both DFSORT and SyncSort, keeping SyncSort mainly for MAXSORTs.
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