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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 29, 2018

Add copy while active parameter to CPY, CPYFRMIMPF, CPYFRMSTMF commands

The CPY, CPYFRMIMPF, and CPYFRMSTMF commands will not copy the contents of a file which is currently open for update. User applications which import text files uploaded into IFS directories from applications like MS Excel fail because Excel retains a shared lock on the file after completing a save operation. A copy while active option is needed on the CPY, CPYFRMIMPF, and CPYFRMSTMF commands to allow them to copy data from the file without obtaining an exclusive read lock.

Use Case:

An application that monitors an IFS directory submits an import process for a file that is saved into the directory as soon as the file is closed. If the application attempts to import the file with CPYFRMIMPF while the file is still "open" in a client application like Excel, CPYFRMIMPF will fail even though the data in the file is complete and the application is not actively updating it, and will not change it unless the user does another save operation, in which case the data is completely replaced. In our case, we're not concerned about the user saving the file again, and would process it as a new file if they did.

Idea priority Medium
  • 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

    Thank you for submitting this request. We do understand the function and the benefits.