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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 16, 2021

Include override to location of source members when debugging programs.

At some sites, the old practice of using a temporary library for additions and changes to programs is utilized, example:

After say 2 weeks of no issues, the objects are moved to the PRODUCTION library.

When debugging programs in PRODUCTIONLIB, the dugger wants the source to be in source file that the program was compiled from but its now been moved to the PRODUCTIONLIB.

Use Case:

Using a TEMPLIB retains the original program and source through a test period. If no issues are reported, the source and object is MOVED to the source and program libraries.

This works very well.

However, when debugging these programs, the STRDBG, GUI Debugger and the RDi debuggers access the source stored in the object, example use DSPPGM to see what source the code was compiled from.

We have to copy the source to the TEMPLIB to be able to debug. This is a SOX/audit failure.

In the older OPM debuggers, there was an option in the prompts that would allow you to point to the alternate location that has the source member.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Dec 21, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. We believe STRDBG is not likely to be enhanced since it's old green screen. The RDi version already has the requested functionality to point at different sources. The GUI System Debugger should, however, be enhanced to provide the requested functionality. We believe there is another RFE -- -- that already covers that need, so this RFE should probably be closed as a Duplicate of that RFE.

    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
    Nov 30, 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.

  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2021

    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 - Application Development
    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 - Languages - CL (Control Language)
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Aug 17, 2021

    Have a look at the QBNCHGPD API... it allows you to change the source file library when you promote your objects.