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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 10, 2021

Allow interactive jobs to run threaded applications

Currently interactive jobs on the IBM i are not allowed to run multithreaded applications.

Whilst there is a possible "workaround" to execute these in PASE / QSH; yet to be verified in our instance if this works or not, the ability to execute a native IBM i command that used threaded applications would be preferable.

Use Case:

Our current software runs OK in batch multithreaded since the job description is defined with ALWMLTTHD(*YES) and we specify ALWMLTTHD(*JOBD) on the SBMJOB command.

We are looking to get our interactive sessions to allow multi-threaded applications to run so they can communicate with the multi-threaded batch job.

For example we send a message to the batch job requesting statistical run time information and get that back and display it to the requestor running on the IBM i. Based on the response the requestor can then send other messages that allow us to update run time parameters in the batch job.

We can already do this from Windows, Linux and Unix machines to the IBM i batch job.

Customers have asked for the same feature for IBM i consoles (interactive jobs).

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Oct 27, 2021

    More investigation is needed to determine the impacts and options. Moving to uncommitted candidate at this time.

  • Guest
    Sep 17, 2021

    Thank you for submitting your request. Moving to Under Consideration for further investigation.

  • Guest
    Sep 13, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (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