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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: General talk: I don't know why...
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I don't know why people ask such questions - why DSN length is limited to 44? Why SYSIN is called SYSIN? and...

Does the answer to such questions really make you to test the candidates?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:14 pm    Post subject:
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Im also still wondering about that, why not 39 or 41 and why not SIN instead of SYSIN, Questions, questions, questions.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject:
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actually, it is 44.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject:
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Dick - point taken Sir, edited my post. (Well, rant really make your mind go off the line...icon_redface.gif)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:24 pm    Post subject:
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Hi Dick,

we know that but not the questioners.
I guess there are even people around having datasetnames of
44 characters without the periods.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:31 pm    Post subject:
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As an interviewer, I've never asked such questions, though - aksed about what is DSN length limit, or may be limit of PARM on an EXEC statement - but not... why these limts? Does the answer to such questions really make you to test the candidates?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:40 pm    Post subject:
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44 because that is all that was left out of the 80 after all the other HDR1 data fields was accounted for?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply to: General talk: I don't know why...
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I guess there are even people around having datasetnames of
44 characters without the periods.
Maybe i missed a memo. . . As no one has asked, i've offered to be the target here. . .

Is the rule not still a maximum of 8 per qualifier with periods between up to the limit of 44 (less for gdgs)? So, 5 8's and 4 periods - ta daa 44


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject:
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Why is it only "8 per Qualifier" ? icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:48 pm    Post subject:
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Friday afternoon?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply to: General talk: I don't know why...
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Why is it only "8 per Qualifier"


numerology answer because 8 = 1*2**3 icon_cool.gif
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:42 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

Because IBM (and others) really, really like powers of 2 . . . Notice how much exploits this (thingsd that are 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 256, 1024, etc). It helps that these are good "boundaries" in binary as well. . .

As far as the 8's go, i suspect that this is because so many "things" have/had a limit of 8, so it was continued into "mvs" dataset names.
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