Implementing REXX Support in SDSF

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 26 June 2007

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ISBN-10: 073848914X
ISBN-13: 9780738489148
IBM Form #: SG24-7419-00
(334 pages)

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Authors: Lydia Parziale, Amy Miu, Richard Levey, Ludvik Drobnic Martinez, Dario Facchinetti


The Restructured Extended Executor (REXX) language is a procedural language that allows you to write programs and algorithms in a clear and structural way. It is an interpreted and compiled language, and you do not have to compile a REXX command list before executing it.

With IBM z/OS V1.9, you can harness the versatility of REXX to interface and interact with the power of SDSF. A new function called REXX with SDSF is available that provides access to SDSF functions through the use of the REXX programming language. This REXX support provides a simple and powerful alternative to using SDSF batch.

This IBM Redbooks publication describes the new support and provides sample REXX execs that exploit the new function and that perform real-world tasks related to operations, systems programming, system administration, and automation. This book complements the SDSF documentation, which is primarily reference information.

The audience for this book includes operations support, system programmers, automation support, and anyone with a desire to access SDSF using a REXX interface.

Table of contents

Introduction and overview
Chapter 1. Issuing a system command
Chapter 2. Copying SYSOUT to a PDS
Chapter 3. Bulk job update processor
Chapter 4. SDSF support for the COBOL language
Chapter 5. Searching for a message in SYSLOG
Chapter 6. Viewing SYSLOG
Chapter 7. Reviewing execution of a job
Chapter 8. Remote control from other systems
Chapter 9. JOB schedule and control
Chapter 10. SDSF data in graphics
Chapter 11. Extended uses
Appendix A. REXX variables for SDSF host commands
Appendix B. Additional material

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