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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 11, 2019

Prevent IFS directory from being created if iASP with the same nama exist

I think it would be a good idea to prevent an IFS directory to be created if an iASP with the same name as the directory exists.
At the moment, the IFS directory can be created with the consequence that at vary-on of the iASP, the file system will fail to be mounted.

Use Case:

Customer has a printer device description which creates PDF files in an iASP IFS directory.
While the iASP was vary-off, the printer was started and created the PDF files. To store these PDF files in the IFS, the system created the path with the same name as the iASP IFS path. The vary-on of the iASP failed to mount the file system because the directory if was supposed to mount over was not empty.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Apr 9, 2020

    Thank you for submitting this request. While we understand the intent with the request, it would not prevent the creation of an independent ASP when a directory of the same name already exists in the root. The problem with the vary on would still exist in that the mount would not occur. Instead we feel the better solution would for the vary on to behave similar to libraries as described in RFE 88346

  • Guest
    Feb 17, 2020

    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

  • Guest
    Jan 21, 2020

    Would love to see a warning message if an attempt is made to create a directory as the same name as an IASP, as opposed to preventing it.