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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Save and Restore
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 28, 2021

Remove STRSAVSYNC dependency on subsystem QSYSWRK

Remove the dependency of STRSAVSYNC on subsystem QSYSWRK - it is not the appropriate subsystem to use.

1. Preferred solution: Ship STRSAVSYNC with its own limited subsystem and start it automatically, and also auto start the IPV6 pre-reqs.

2. or leave it all to the user to figure out, but add parameters to the STRSAVSYNC command to let the user specify which subsystem to use.

Use Case:

The STRSAVSYNC runs the following command under the covers:
and therefore requires subsystem QSYSWRK to be active. Problems:

1. If the QSYSWRK is not active, the error message is not sent to the user application, therefore it looks like the STRSAVSYNC command completed normally, but it didn't, and now later user processes crash unexpectedly. Logic to auto start the subsystem does not work because MONMSG does not see the error. This is an IBM design error.

2. QSYSWRK auto starts a lot of jobs that get in the way of save-while-active (SWA) operations. Some vendors also add their stuff to QSYSWRK so when you start the subsystem, now you have to go and end a lot of jobs, and that becomes difficult to automate for unattended operations.

3. The bottom line, QSYSWRK was a poor choice for STRSAVSYNC. All it needs is a simple subsystem with one pre-start job entry, like this:

CRTSBSD SBSD(userlib/somesbsd) POOLS((1 *BASE))


STRSAVSYNC requires limited IPV6 services, therefore you also need to:



Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 5, 2023
    This Idea has been re-evaluated. Due to the low priority and relatively low number of votes, this Idea is now being declined.

    - IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Oct 27, 2021

    We have reviewed this RFE again. IBM will continue to monitor this request and will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Jun 8, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. It seems that not many customers would have a need for this function.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key 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.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Mar 12, 2021

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Mar 12, 2021

    IBM has received the requirement and is evaluating it. IBM will provide a response after evaluation is complete.