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How to Initialize the VSAM file using JCL

 
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vasanthkumarhb

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:40 am    Post subject: How to Initialize the VSAM file using JCL
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Hi,

there is a cobol program which writes and re-writes the VSAM dataset, the content of VSAM data set is used to generate a REPORT.

The VSAM data set is an empty dataset before the data written to it, the file opened in I/O mode because VSAM processing involves both write and rewrite.

To do this process we have a JCL which DELETES the cluster and CREATES the cluster every time the JCL is sbmitted, but still when we check the VSAM dataset was not intialised.

We did write another small program and opened the VSAM in OUTPUT mode and closed the VSAM, we keep this program execution in one STEP of JCL before the actual progam, But still the VSAM data set is not intialised.

Is there is any way, so that we can intialise the empty VSAM dataset thru JCL

Thanks in Advance.
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Arun Raj

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:32 pm    Post subject:
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Vasanth,

What do you mean by both write and rewrite.? If you want to reuse the cluster define it with REUSE option instead of deleting it and creating it again.

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Arun
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject:
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To initialise the VSAM cluster, you usually write a record to it.

It is common practice, and common sense if you ask me, that every VSAM KSDS has a low and high values record inserted as default.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply to: How to Initialize the VSAM file using JCL
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to have a vsam dataset initialized open and close is not enough...
search the net for something like "VSAM INITIALIZATION" You will find many useful hits

www.cbttape.org file183 for example
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mymains
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:03 pm    Post subject:
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Hi Vasanth,
i think by using a GDG we can easily solve this problem being u creating a report it is quite useful compared to use simple vsam files\
thnkz
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject:
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Hi,

1). To initialize the VSAM ,you can open it once in output mode and close it in program during initializaton, it could solve your problem.
after that again open it in I/o mode.

2) write a step in jcl whic delete defines VSAM and REPRO some records from a flat file Say GDG version.
this step should be executed before program uses VSAm.

Regards,
Jaspal @ 9833814470
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Ajay Baghel

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply to: How to Initialize the VSAM file using JCL
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Refer to the below link:
http://ibmmainframes.com/about6008.html
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Bill O'Boyle

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: How to Initialize the VSAM file using JCL
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If you have DITTO, you can initialize a newly created record with low-values, via -

Code:

$$DITTO  BVS   FILEOUT=XXXXXXXX,NLRECS=1,RECSIZE=nnnnn,FILLCHAR=X'00'     

HTH....

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