I was curious if anyone has run across any free Linux/Unix app that can be used to read mainframe data; Like SMF records for example. There are several windows based applications like FDRVIEWS out on the market but i have not seen any type of open source program, have any of you?
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You probably need to figure out just what you mean by "mainframe data" in your post. Many, many, many Unix / Linux programs can read EBCDIC display data. Packed decimal, binary, and floating point fields are all possible "mainframe data" values -- the first two at least are widely used in SMF data -- but I'm not aware of any open source products that can read EBCDIC packed decimal data, for example. There could be plenty of them but I've never had to look for such so I don't know what's available. I doubt there would be much available to handle the SMF bit fields. Furthermore, I'm not aware of anything in the Unix / Linux world that can handle the SMF format of VBS.
MXG and SAS can run on Unix / Linux and can handle SMF data but they are not open source -- they cost money to run.
I'm in Storage Management and have tested several programs that read data from the mainframe, SMF, BCDS, MCDS, VTOC info, but like you mentioned they all cost. Sometimes too much to justify purchasing them. I was just curious if there was any FREE open source GUI programs that might be out there that would do the same, as opposed to running MXG, SAS, Batch JCL type jobs to gather this info. Thanks for the feed back though