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vasanthz

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Specific and non-specific tape mounts
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Hi,
Could anyone please explain(possibly layman terms) a few lines what specific and non-specific tape mount means.
I was able to find some information like "non specific tape mounts is for scratch volume mount" and few more lines of technical information but unable to understand what it means.
Thanks in advance,
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Specific and non-specific tape mounts
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I think they mean: non-specific, give me any old tape that I'm allowed to write to; specific, give me the actual tape volume I want or I'll come kick the wheels off your comfortable Operator's Chair.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject:
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I think it's fairly self explanotory?

A specific tape mount is where the system requests a specific tape volume to be mounted.

A non-specific tape mount is where the system requests a scratch tape. The Operator or tape library will then select any tape from the available scratch pool.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 5:03 pm    Post subject:
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Thanks for your reply Bill and David,

Assuming that we have a tape management system which takes care of volume-dataset relation.
From your explanations, Am I correct to assume,
if a tape dataset is mentioned on a JCL "without volume serial" with DISP=SHR or DISP=OLD then it is specific tape mount?
And
If volume serial is not mentioned and DISP=NEW is coded in JCL then is it non-specific tape mount?
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject:
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specific has to do with tape volume serial number.

if there is a volume serial number - specific
there is no volume serial number - non-specific


it has nothing to do with the dataset disposition (DISP)
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject:
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Thanks Dick,
I "think" I am clear now.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Specific and non-specific tape mounts
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EDIT: Already clear before I finished typing.

OK, before the 10mins is up - DISP NEW with no volser, non-specific. Check MOD yourself. Everything else, specifc in the context (from catalog or vol=ser= in JCL).
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject:
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You could still share your thoughts Bill. I got a lot of free kilobytes in my head unused.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 4:44 am    Post subject:
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Hi,

you could argue that a DISP=SHR or DISP=OLD for a tape dataset is specific as it will mount the catalogued entry.


Gerry
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 11:19 am    Post subject:
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Thanks,
All izz well now.
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