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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 31, 2020

IFS view in Navigator for i does not show same change date of objects as Green screen view of IFS

Using IBM i Navigator for i (Browser Interface) the directory '/Qopensys/lib' displays a changed date of 12/09/12, but when I look at the Changed Date of the same directory using a green screen the Change Date is 3/30/20. I used the CL Command EDTF '/Qopensys' to display the Changed date on a Green Screen. I think that the Changed Date on both interfaces should agree. One of the dates must be incorrect. How do I know which one to believe?

Use Case:

Mimix provider requested replication of an IBM i IFS directory.

I looked at the directory using navigator for i Browser interface to see what was changing to determine whether or not the directory should be replicated. I displayed the Last Changed date in the browser and noted the last change date was 12/09/12, so but th

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 15, 2020

    Thank you for submitting this request.

    We understand how this can be confusing, however the views are not of the same physical object. /QOpenSys/lib is a *SYMLNK object. The view in Navigator for i indicates this by the icon and is displaying the attributes of the symbolic link, not what it points to. Similarly, using the command Work with Object Links (WRKLNK), and option 8 (Display attributes) it would display the SYMLNK attributes as indicated by the
    Type field:
    Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : SYMLNK

    EDTF is displaying the date for the object it points to, which is in fact /QOpenSys/usr/lib and indicates that it is a *DIR.

    On the other hand the Display Attributes (DSPATR) command allows you a choice of which of the attributes you would like to view with
    the Symbolic link (SYMLNK) parameter.

    We feel this is how the displays should operate and do not plan to make any changes.

  • Guest
    Mar 31, 2020

    Attachment (Description): Screen Shots displaying inconsistent dates.