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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 13, 2016


When using CPYTOSTMF, e.g. to copy source members from a source physical file to the IFS, for example, to populate git or some other source code version control repository, CPYTOSTMF always assigns the current date/time to the *STMF created.

We want to be able to preserve the original "last changed" date/time stamp of the original source file member by applying it to the newly created IFS *STMF(as the last changed date).

This is very important when using various build or make tools, many of which look at the last changed datestamp to determine "what changed" and then figure out what dependencies need to be recompiled.

We need a new keyword parameter on CPYTOSTMF, such as CHGDATE(*FROMMBR) or CHGDATE(*NEW) that behaves like SRCCHGDATE on CPYSRCF.

Use Case:

Say I copy a source member into the IFS, then put it into a source control version control repository, then later I extract it from the repository again, I want the same date/time stamp as the original, not today's date and time.

That way, if I need to "roll back" to a prior version, and then recompile, I will have the same date/time stamps in the compiled objects.

This is very important for PCI compliance, SOX, etc.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 11, 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your request. After careful consideration, we know that we cannot deliver your requested enhancement soon, so it is being declined. However, we believe it may have future value, so we will add it to an internal list for us to keep in mind for the future.

  • Guest
    May 5, 2020

    We are continuing to evaluate and prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Jul 11, 2017

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Dawn May - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Jan 31, 2017

    Thank you for submitting this request. Similar to the request for CPYFRMSTMF, we need to investigate this further.

  • Guest
    Dec 15, 2016

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Dec 14, 2016

    Please ignore this comment - simply testing the RFE notification processing (which appears to be somewhat creaky at this time).