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Pedro

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:41 am    Post subject: retrieve line commands from the data set list
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I got tired of typing my line commands repeatedly. So I submitted a request for enhancement to IBM. Please vote for this RFE. The more people that vote for it, the more likely that IBM will implement this.

Sometimes I issue a long TSO command as a line command on ISPF DSLIST. And then I would like to issue a variation of the command. I would like to issue a line command to retrieve, but not execute the previous line command. As a retrieve line command character, I propose that a question mark ('?') be used.

When I am using the ISPF data set list, I can issue a line command, such as:
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XMIT MVS8.BILL DSN(/)  MEMBER(ABC, EFG)


And after it is complete, I would like to issue a '?' line command which would retrieve the XMIT command and then allow me to type over part of it and issue it again.

If the ? line command is issued on multiple lines, they would all retrieve the same previous line command and allow me to modify each line to issue a new command.

Please vote for this RFE here:
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=78492
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:22 pm    Post subject:
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It's already there, you can type '=' and follow that by page up or page down...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:28 am    Post subject:
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If you put an ampersand in front of a command on the command line it holds it there after you've entered it so you can overtype the parts you want.

&XMIT MVS8.BILL DSN(/) MEMBER(ABC, EFG)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:52 am    Post subject:
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Pete Wilson wrote:
If you put an ampersand in front of a command on the command line it holds it there after you've entered it so you can overtype the parts you want.

&XMIT MVS8.BILL DSN(/) MEMBER(ABC, EFG)

Pedro is talking about line commands on the ISPF 3.4 panel, however, for consistency with the normal command-line, this would be a nice idea!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:02 am    Post subject:
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I voted for it, but added a comment that may make implementation less likely...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply to: retrieve line commands from the data set list
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you can type '=' and follow that by page up or page down...


Thanks Robert, I did not know you could do that.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply to: retrieve line commands from the data set list
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Pedro wrote:
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you can type '=' and follow that by page up or page down...


Thanks Robert, I did not know you could do that.

It's not documented. You can enter "=" to repeat a line command, but very few people seem to know that the repetition also works after all line-commands have been processed. The PgUp/PgDn just redisplays the command, if you were to enter '=' followed by "enter" the command would be directly executed.
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