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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 3, 2020

Exit Point QIBM_QPWFS_FILE_SERV more object type info

File Server Exit Point QIBM_QPWFS_FILE_SERV Format PWFS0200
The File Server Exit Point since V7R3 has a format PWFS0200. This format brings a parameter “Object type” that can be either *STMF for file or *DIR for directory. Unfortunately the only function is the CREATE that comes with this information.

REQUEST: Customer requested to enhance also the MOVE operation with this information.

Use Case:

Administrators want to be able to reject moves of directories that often happen by mistake when a user is clicking on a mapped share of the ifs on a directory and moves the mouse. This causes unwanted moves of directories including sub-directories to another directory and processes based on the existence of the moved directories will fail.

currently the exit point returns only a string of directory/file and except the create statement the flag for directory/file is not in use. So we don't know if a move operation is for only a directory or a directory+file.

Customers want to avoid the move of directories but may allow the move of files.

Target of this request function enhancement is to support the flag for directory/file at least in the move operation, better would be to have it in all functions.

We would appreciate to have this backward compatible for V7R3.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 23, 2020

    Thank you for submitting this request.

    The path is provided to the exit program and the object type and other attributes can be retrieved by the exit program directly for most of the functions. The reason the type was provided on the create request is because the object doesn't exist. For any other requests that include a path in the call to the exit program, the object exists and information for the object can be retrieved by the exit program.

    Attributes can be retrieved by calling an API such as QlgGetAttr()--Get Attributes (using NLS-enabled path name) or QlgStat64()--Get File Information (large file enabled and using NLS-enabled path name). Another option would be to use the Display Attributes (DSPATR) command and specify OUTPUT(*PRINT).

  • Guest
    Apr 21, 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 - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    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 - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Feb 17, 2020

    The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    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