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amitc23

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:01 pm
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Hi
I am trying to write a REXX program to use as a replacement of PF2(Split Screen) function.

The reasons I am trying this is that I used this in my last shop and am very used to it because for F2 you need to position the cursor at the top to get full view of the new screen. However when you execute something like 'START' from command line, it will split the screens evenly.

Can somebody tell me how to use PF2 (and other PF keys) using REXX ?

Thanks
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expat

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:39 pm
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Why not use START. Hardly a great effort to use 5 keystrokes and pressing enter.

START also allows you to go directly to the option you want to
e.g. START 3.4

Always advisable NOT to fiddle with the default PF key settings
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amitc23

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:48 pm
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I tried this but when I use start 3.4 it shows 'INVALID OPTION'.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:00 pm
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, always worked for me in the past.
Unfortunately I don't have TSO access at this contract so can not test it again.
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Nic Clouston

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:47 pm
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Works for me both when doing
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START 3.4

and
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3.4 followed by F2 (which is assigned START)
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amitc23

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:55 pm
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I searched for START in my installed REXX libraries, but could not find one. So I thought of writing a REXX routine like START on my own.
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David Robinson

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:16 pm
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It wont be in a Rexx library, it's a system command. Check to see if it's in your ISPF command table, usually ISPCMDS. But this is the IBM supplied one, I don't see why it shouldn't be. Perhaps something at your site has changed the default?
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don.leahy

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:37 am
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In our shop we have to use START 1.3.4 because of the way that our local ISPF panels are organized. You may have something similar in your shop.
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amitc23

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:29 pm
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I just checked and found that I can use START on my system only when I open a dataset/member in view or Edit Mode, but not from any other screen e.g. Main Menu or 3.4 or anywhere else. icon_sad.gif
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:31 pm
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amitc23 wrote:
I just checked and found that I can use START on my system only when I open a dataset/member in view or Edit Mode, but not from any other screen e.g. Main Menu or 3.4 or anywhere else. icon_sad.gif

In other words, someone has badly screwed up by substituting a cobbled together piece of junk for an IBM supplied command.
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