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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - Other
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 6, 2018

IBM i COBOL build in IFS file

RDi now support Git for COBOL source version control in utf-8 code in IFS.
So we want the COBOL source file in IFS to compile using CRTBNDCBL command directory. But we have to convert the source from utf-8 to EBCDIC in IFS. So CRTBNDCBL command can use TGTCCSID in IFS.

Use Case:

User want to consolidate Dev Ops in IBM i from x86 Linux, but this problem cause to stay in x86 server for DevOps tools.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jan 24, 2023
    IBM believes that the solution for the Idea described is available. A new TGTCCSID compiler option was added to the compile commands CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD, which enables the user to specify the CCSID that the Unicode should be converted to for compilation. The new compiler option was added via PTFs in releases 7.3, 7.4, and 7.5. Each release requires three PTFs as follows:
    Note: If you apply the PTF that changes the actual CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD commands, any changes you have made to the command defaults will be reverted back to the original defaults.
    - The ILE COBOL command processing program for CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD: 5770WDS SI81472
    - ILE COBOL compiler: 5770WDS SI81475
    - ILE COBOL commands CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD: 5770WDS SI81473
    - The ILE COBOL command processing program for CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD: 5770WDS SI81006
    - ILE COBOL compiler: 5770WDS SI81553
    - ILE COBOL commands CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD: 5770WDS SI81023
    - The ILE COBOL command processing program for CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD: 5770WDS SI81047
    - ILE COBOL compiler: 5770WDS SI81048
    - ILE COBOL commands CRTBNDCBL and CRTCBLMOD: 5770WDS SI81049
    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Feb 18, 2019

    The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The CEAC members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Dec 14, 2018

    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 - Other
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Dec 11, 2018

    You can do the combination RDi - Git - IBM i Projects... works perfect and your sources remain in source members as before.

  • Guest
    Dec 7, 2018

    I will vote for anything that bring IBM i closer to DevOps. So not only COBOL but everything related to the build process - also old DDS for that matter.