Journaling: Retrieving Journal Entries by Object

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Published on 15 September 2010

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IBM Form #: TIPS0794


Authors: Don Zimmerman

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    Abstract

    Retrieving entries from a journal is a common practice, done for numerous purposes such as auditing changes to objects, debugging applications, and replaying journal changes. At times it is beneficial to limit the journal entries that are retrieved to only those deposited for a single object or a group of objects. For the most part, specifying objects by name on the journal entry retrieval commands and APIs is a simple matter and will return exactly what you expect. But there are also times when unexpected results occur, particularly when the objects have gone through recent changes such as moves, deletes, restores, and start or end journaling operations. Understanding how the system decides which journal entries to return is key to understanding how to use journal entry retrieval commands and APIs effectively and optimally.

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