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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 9, 2020

Prepare the common OUTPUT parameter for all CL commands getting system information, *PRINT and/or *OUTFILE

Prepare the common OUTPUT parameter for all CL commands getting system information by either or both following extension.
Currently there are 2 types of CL commands, *PRINT or *OUTFILE for the parameter and it is not standardized.

A. Extend all CL commands getting system information to be able to specify *OUTFILE for OUTPUT parameter.

B. Extend all CL commands getting system information to be able to specify *PRINT for OUTPUT parameter.

Use Case:

To make system design document, we need to use both types of CL commands.
If all of the CL commands have the common parameter, it will be more efficient.
Currently it is inefficient because we need to screenshot and collecting information manually

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jun 16, 2020

    We have no plans on enhancing CL commands as stated in this RFE. We have already provided the information requested for some of these commands but leveraging IBM i Services. If there are specific commands that are required, please open separate RFE and we will deliver new Services with SQL to provide the requested information. Its best to have a individual RFE along with the business reason one piece of data is more important than another so that we can prioritize the delivery of these updates.

  • Guest
    Jun 3, 2020

    I agree with the intent of this RFE, but I would rather see IBM invest in IBM i Services to get the information via SQL rather than fixing all the commands to make the OUTPUT parameter consistent.


  • Guest
    May 18, 2020

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” LOW priority feature.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (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
    Apr 29, 2020

    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 - Application Development
    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 - Languages - CL (Control Language)
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Mar 10, 2020

    API's exist for this… I prefer that IBM invests its time in things for which no alternatives exist.