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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 17, 2021

Add DELETE Code to WHFUSG output from DSPPGMREF CL Command

The DSPPGMREF CL command provided the WHFUSG (Referenced File usage) but currently only shows us Input, Output and Update.
The RPG IV language added USAGE(*DELETE) to the DCL-F statement with free format. However Files declared with USAGE(*DELETE) appear as UPDATE in the DSPPGMREF output.

Add support for DELETE Usage to the DSPPGMREF command results. I recommend the following Usage Codes (or add a new field to the outfile if that's better):
0 to 8 remain as it, but when DELETE is included then instead of 1 to 7 the values 11 to 17 would be returned. For example:
Usage INPUT would return 1, while usage Input and DELETE would return 11. If the Referenced File's Usage is ONLY delete then WHFUSG would return 10.

Use Case:

Knowing how the file is used in the program is important. Delete was omitted originally because there was no specific RPG designation for File's to be open for "Delete" processing. That has changed with USAGE(*DELETE) and embedded SQL's DELETE FROM statement. So DSPPGMREF needs to be enhanced to reflect that capability.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Dec 9, 2021

    Sigh.... oh well.

  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2021

    IBM understand the requirement , we will likely deliver an SQL service to solve this requirement in the future.