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any known easter eggs in mainframe?

 
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boyti ko

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:15 pm    Post subject: any known easter eggs in mainframe?
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just asking
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply to: any known easter eggs in mainframe?
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No. Food is strictly forbidden in the machine room.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply to: any known easter eggs in mainframe?
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Bill Woodger wrote:
No. Food is strictly forbidden in the machine room.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply to: any known easter eggs in mainframe?
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/soapbox on

once upon a time i had a customer
where the operators were continuously eating and drinking wine
( fortunately as far as work flow they were really smart ones )

apart users complaining about reports with stains from the banquets

the worse victim was the IBM CE who at least once every two weeks
was called to clean up the card reader jams because of bread crumbs

/soapbox off
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:43 pm    Post subject:
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Actually, the Enterprise PL/I compiler load module contains, in the string of PL/I keywords, the "keyword" "ELDERON", the surname of IBM's lead PL/I developer. How to use this keyword is another matter.

And the back-end of the same compiler also contains text that hints at lots of interesting (diagnostic?) output...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:44 pm    Post subject:
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More on inside joke, but the main module for SMS dasd management is huge, and it's name is something like Godzilla. (something like 'GDZLLA')
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:39 pm    Post subject:
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Dont know if this would qualify as an easter egg.

ISPF does not allow us to create PDS member names with underscore & other special characters.

But if we use a IEBCOPY along with rename to a name having underscore, it works fine & the member in ISPF shows underscore in its name.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:44 pm    Post subject:
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vasanthz wrote:
Dont know if this would qualify as an easter egg.

ISPF does not allow us to create PDS member names with underscore & other special characters.

But if we use a IEBCOPY along with rename to a name having underscore, it works fine & the member in ISPF shows underscore in its name.

PDSMAN uses all kinds of weird characters in PDS member names.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:14 pm    Post subject:
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True.. Also seen Changeman creating funky member names.
Its that ISPF only plays coy & does not allow creation of cool member names.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply to: any known easter eggs in mainframe?
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Poke this through the COBOL compiler:
Code:

       PROGRAM-ID. ERRMSG.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:03 am    Post subject:
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SMP (not SMPE) created members with all sorts of weird member names.

I was thinking ISPF is enforcing JCL restrictions on member names, but a quick review of JCL reference did not disclose anything about a restriction there, though I expect there are restrictions.

The Creating Nonstandard PDS Member Names chapter in "DFSMS Using Data Sets" discusses funny member names in more detail. It does mention JCL restrictions, though it does not go into detail. It does refer to a chapter in "JCL Reference" that I have not looked at. It also talks about the actual restrictions, both for direct users (the users who use STOW, or BLDL/FIND) and users that alter the JFCB to pretend a member name was specified in JCL. I see no point in discussing this here. That's what my research turned up.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject:
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Here is a weird member name which shows some surprising ISPF behaviour:

Code:
VIEW              xxxx.xxxxxx.ISRTLIB                  Row 00001 of 00077
Command ===>                                                  Scroll ===> CSR 
           Name     Prompt       Size   Created          Changed          ID   
b________ *CMDS    *Browsed                                                   
_________ #INSLOG1                                                             
_________ AREATBL                                                             
_________ CITTABL                                                             
_________ CITTST                                                               


When I use the B line command to brows the member, it shows another member list filtered by *CMDS:

Code:
BROWSE    xxxx.xxxxxx.ISRTLIB                               Row 00001 of 00007
Command ===>                                                  Scroll ===> CSR
   Name     Prompt          Size    Created           Changed            ID   
. *CMDS                                                                       
. ISPFCMDS                                                                   
. ISRCMDS                                                                     
. MOMCMDS                                                                     
. MSGCMDS                                                                     
. PDATCMDS                                                                   
. TEMPCMDS                                                                   
  **End**                                                                     
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