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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 5, 2018

Provide *NODEBUGSQL control option

Provide a *NODEBUGSQL control option similar to *NODEBUGIO (or included it in the same option).

Use Case:

This option will allow faster and easier debugging of programs with embedded SQL by skipping the underlying instructions in step-by-step mode.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jul 4, 2019

    Hi Paul, I have discussed this with the developer for the system debugger, and he says that the support for single-step in the SQL source view has been available for several years. He says that for 7.1, please apply PTFs SI62153 and SI62152; for 7.2 PTFs SI62495, SI62150, SI62154; for 7.3 PTFs SI62494, SI62038, and SI62111.

    If you have those PTFs, and you are still finding that you have to do multiple steps for an EXEC SQL statement when using the SQL source view, please open a PMR.

  • Guest
    Jul 1, 2019

    Reading your statement that a DBGVIEW(*SOURCE) only requires a single step is NOT correct !

    This RFE has therefore been closed based on incorrect information !

  • Guest
    Jun 19, 2019

    After further investigation, we have found that the system debugger already requires only a single step to step over an EXEC SQL statement when using the source view, but allows stepping through the individual statements when using the listing view. If the RPG compiler implemented OPTIONI*NODEBUGIO), it would prevent the ability to get a breakpoint on the individual generated statements when using the listing view.

    Since the system debugger has already alleviated this problem, IBM does not intend to provide OPTION(*NODEBUGSQL) at this time, so this RFE is being closed.

    There is another RFE regarding debugging SQL source using the RDi debugger. That RFE specifically requests single stepping over an EXEC SQL statement. Please vote for that RFE if you use the RFE debugger.

  • Guest
    Jun 6, 2019

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Apr 23, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. With imbedded SQL, there are many hidden steps that should be stepped over in the debugger to lower the frustration level, and speed up debugging process.

    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

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Jan 3, 2019

    .IBM has received the requirement and is evaluating it. IBM will provide a response after evaluation is complete.