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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 22, 2017

WRKACTJOB - add a filter by Status

On our system, we frequently have thousands of jobs running. While we can sort by status, it would be very nice to be able to filter by status so we do not have to scroll across dozens of pages to get to the status we want to isolate, and also would still be able to see the jobs organized by subsystem.

Use Case:

The most specific case we want to isolate are MSGW to find jobs that are stuck without have to locate a message, dig into the details to find the exact job name, etc.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    May 30, 2019

    IBM does not intend to implement this request at this time, so it is being closed. While we agree that this function would be nice to have, there are other alternatives available to filter active jobs by status, such as through the Active Jobs display on IBM Navigator for i or the ACTIVE_JOB_INFO table function. Because there are already good ways to filter jobs by status, this request is of lower priority, and not likely to be implemented in the near future.

    For example, to find all jobs in 'MSGW' status, you can call ACTIVE_JOB_INFO as follows:

    To find all jobs in 'MSGW' status from the Active Job display in IBM Navigator for i:
    Select "Detailed Status" for the column, Condition = "contains", and "message" for the value.

  • Guest
    Jan 9, 2018

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. Since the feature is already available on IBM Navigator for i, and there has been no additional Comment indicating why that is not an acceptable solution, this RFE should be Declined.

    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
    Apr 19, 2017

    This function is already available on IBM Navigator for i. If you expand the Work Management task and select Active Jobs, then click on the filter bar, you can define a filter for any column you choose. In the example you have given, you would select "Detailed Status" for the column, Condition = "contains", and "message" for the value.

    The list will then be refreshed with all jobs waiting for a reply to a message.

    While it would be nice to also add this filter to the WRKACTJOB green screen, the change can only be made on a release boundary because it involves a translation to the panel group. Rather than waiting for a new release, I hope you will give the filtering capabilities in IBM Nagivator for i a try today and let us know what you think!

  • Guest
    Mar 23, 2017

    Since we have a DB2 service that can provide this information, it wouldn't be a stretch to provide this function within the command.