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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 31, 2018

F8 to recall commands like F9 does on 5250 Command line but in the opposite direction

This is a really simple request, one so basic I'm almost embarrassed to ask but it has been irritating me now for over 30 years so please bear with me ;-)

I believe that from day one of OS/400 you have been able to press F9 to recall previously entered commands for a particular job. However, if you press F9 one too many times and go past the command you want, you must either keep pressing F9 until you loop through all commands entered or blank the command line as start again.

Use Case:

To have a function key (e.g. F8) that complimented the F9 key, this key would scroll back the other way through the commands you have entered.

So, if you press F9 one too many times you could press the other key and step back to retrieve the command you wanted.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Dec 12, 2019

    SI71726 is the 7.2 PTF for this support.

  • Guest
    Dec 2, 2019

    An excellent function to be added, but why has it not been PTFed for IBM i 7.2 please?

  • Guest
    Oct 30, 2019

    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 - Work Management and Messaging
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Customer Advisory Council

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Customer Advisory Council

  • Guest
    Oct 18, 2019

    Literally "The best thing since sliced bread" thank you IBM, not just for the F8 but also enhanced F9!

  • Guest
    Oct 17, 2019

    Thank you all for your enthusiastic support for this RFE. I am pleased to announce that this function is now available, via PTF in 7.3 and 7.4.
    The following info is also available on the 7.4 TR1 and 7.3 TR7 developerworks pages. You will find the PTF numbers listed below.

    The IBM i command line support for retrieving previously entered commands has been enhanced with two new capabilities with PTF SI70959 (7.4) and SI71070 (7.3).

    The F9 function key retrieves the last command(s) entered on the command line, in the reverse order that they were entered. Now, you can use the F8 function key to retrieve commands in the opposite direction. In addition to providing this new F8 function on the Command Entry display, the F8 key will also do a reverse retrieve on any UIM panel with a command line where the F8 key is not already defined for some other function.

    New search capability has also been added to the F9 = Retrieve key. You can type part of a command string followed by an asterisk, and then press the F9 key to search for the last previous command entered that matches the string. The search is not case sensitive but leading blanks are significant when performing the search.!/wiki/IBM%20i%20Technology%20Updates/page/F8%20-%20F9%20Retrieve%20command%20enhancements

  • Guest
    Sep 13, 2019

    IBM agrees that this is an excellent idea and intends to provide a solution in the near future. Stay tuned for more info.

  • Guest
    Aug 25, 2019

    I think it will requires some hard changes in the UIM part of the core IBM i - however it make so much sense, and I could never understand why IBM did not implemented that from the beginning.

    Scrolling back and forth in command on any other OS - win,linux,zOS, mac - they all have it ....

  • Guest
    Oct 29, 2018

    There is another alternative to continuously hitting F9 or clearing the line and starting over. That is Call QCMD (enter) and then F10 to display history, find the command you want, including page up and page down, all the way back to sign on, put your cursor on it and hit F9. This brings the chosen command to the command line. You can work from the QCMD screen and always see your history. The F10 key turns the history on and off.

  • Guest
    Sep 6, 2018

    The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have”low priority feature.

    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