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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 19, 2016

Save and reuse favourite shell commands, sql statements, qsh statements, ...

Simplify the persistent reuse of statements as we do within cl: with F9 and have that for other environments like qsh: qcmd: sql: bash:. These options are not yet persistent and not easy to manage.

I would like to easily build my favourite menus by just saving statements to my favourite collections, e.g. to menues, by just modifying the last statement to add it to my collection.

Add Favourite Stmt
- library / menue
- statement
- name (Optional Description)
- id (*NEXT) [10,20,...]

ADD mylib/mysql "select * from file" "Description"

In background this might work liike former menues, as you are inside QCMD, which provide nice features to retrieve and activate the proper statement (GO).

In ACS this might be enhanced by calling CL:DSP MENU to view all entries or CL:LOAD MENU (id |*ALL) into the call stack to enable users to reuse them quickly e.g. by features like F9.

So you are able to build your own call stack with simple commands and enable administrators to build some nice menu structures or to enable ACS to provide an infrastructure to directly access them in the GUI, as if you access your favourite links in the web browser.

Use Case:

Let everybody build his call stack or menue out of cmd, sql, qsh and what ever is needed to run or administrate an environment.

Administrators or Developers might provide usefull sets of statements to customers or users instead of complicated manpages or documentation to copy paste from.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Dec 20, 2017

    As an alternative, many shell environments that you can install on your PC do have this type of support. For example, bash will allow you to press the up arrow to retrieve previous commands you have run. With the very latest release of ACS, you can now easily launch and connect to your selected IBM i with your favorite shell. Leveraging ACS and your favorite shell is a far better alternative to solve this problem.

  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2017

    Thank you for your suggestion. After careful consideration, although saving and reusing commands and statements in additional environments would have some benefit, IBM has decided not to invest in this function in the near future, so this request is being declined.