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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 19, 2017

Add ability to directly execute CL in RPGLE in the same fashion as SQL

We have the ability to execute SQL statements directly in RPGLE code, including the use of substitution values.

Please add the ability to directly execute CL statements in RPGLE as well, including the ability to substitute values into the CL statements.

This would effectively eliminate the need for QCMDEXC in RPGLE code and make all use of CL in RPGLE vastly more readable and maintainable.

Use Case:

If I need to create a duplicate file object in QTEMP I would utilize a compiler directive that says the following statements are CL statements. Then I would enter in the CRTDUPOBJ CL command passing a value for the from library (:fromLib) and close the CL code section with another compiler directive.

All CL commands should be open to this process.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jun 30, 2017

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

  • Guest
    Jun 30, 2017

    @JMarkMurphy, your idea about modifying the monitor block to trap messages as well as RPG status codes should probably be a separate RFE, since the need for that goes beyond this idea of being able to invoke CL commands directly.

  • Guest
    Jun 29, 2017

    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 - Languages - RPG
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Other

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems
    Component - RPG/COBOL Development Tools
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Other

  • Guest
    Jun 21, 2017

    In a way what you are describing is a CLLE sub-procedure in a service program which can be created right now, but I can see a case for a single inline CL command, which is what QCMDEXEC is used for. I can see an EXEC CMD witch could be implemented similarly to EXEC SQL, maybe even as another precompiler. But it would be nice if there was a way to monitor for any resulting exception messages thrown by the command. Maybe the monitor block could be modified to trap escape and notify messages.