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Status Is a defect
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 4, 2019

WRKLNK failure in delete files 4GB+

having an IFS directory /test with two subdirectories /test/test1 and /test/test2 - both containing 10 files, for example DVD images of PTF Groups. Some files <4GB, some >4GB
using WRKLNK / then enter 9 (recursive delete) on entry /test results in CPFB620 (object is too large to process) with error number 3525.
None of the files is deleted.
using RMVLNK LNK('/test/test1/*') does the job for a single directory but it still lacks a SUBTREE(*ALL) option; RMVDIR does the job at all.

Use Case:

working with big files in IFS

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Aug 12, 2019

    (thumbs up) 8-)

  • Guest
    Aug 8, 2019

    Thank you for submitting this request. The RFE points to inconsistent behavior using Work with Object Links (WRKLNK) and other commands noting 2 distinct items.

    1. Attempting to use Edit File (EDTF) and Option 9 (Recursive delete) against a directory failing that fails with CPFB620 (Object is too large to process) when the directory contains large files. The development team has investigated this failure. This is a code defect which will be corrected with a PTF in IBM i releases 7.3 and 7.4. The planned fix will not remove the limitation of viewing/edit of a file greater than 2GB in size, but will allow the "Recursive Delete" option to successfully remove large files from the directory.

    2. Remove Link (RMVLNK) not supporting the SUBTREE (*ALL) option. This command will not operate against a directory. Only a directory will have a subtree to operate against so only commands that support a SUBTREE option are those that will operate against a directory. This is not something that will change. As noted in the request, using a wildcard character such as '*' in the path will remove more than a single link provided there are multiple link names that match the criteria.

    We would recommend that instead of using WRKLNK option 2 (Edit) to unlink/remove objects, that you use WRKLNK, option 4 (Remove) and optionally prompt with F4. This will perform either the RMVLNK or RMVDIR commands as appropriate for the object type that you are operating against. If you use option 4 against a directory object and prompt, since it will run the RMVDIR command, it will show the SUBTREE option.

  • Guest
    Aug 7, 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 - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - COMMON

    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 - COMMON

  • Guest
    Aug 6, 2019

    If I'm understanding this correctly, the WRKLNK / Option 2 Holger is using is triggering the EDTF file manager (EDTF /)

    It is this command that is issuing the Option 9 Recursive Delete and failing with CPFB620 Object is too large to process

    If this is correct, if IBM fixes this in WRKLNK / Option 2 as Holger requests it will fix it in EDTF option 9 Recursive Delete which would fix it me too.

  • Guest
    Aug 5, 2019

    Just talked with support - this old API has issues with files >2GB. Workaround: use QSH, but we should have that native command work as expected.
    Please vote :-)