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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Print
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 10, 2020

Prevent Data Corruption Via CPYSPLF

CPYSPLF, which by default is set to *PUBLIC *USE, if directed at a regular, multi-field database file, will overwrite that file without warning.

Request is to either prevent the copy or issue a warning that multiple fields will be overwritten.

(I can't think of any reason one would ever want to copy a spool file to a multi-field DB file.)

Thank you for your consideration.

Use Case:

To avoid this issue in our environment, we created a duplicate of the CPYSPLF command with restricted target files.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 7, 2021

    .We have no way of knowing if any customer has not found a use case for copying a spooled file to an externally described Db file. Some one recently suggested that would might be able to do this in order to convert a spooled file report into an Excel spreadsheet. (We have not confirmed this.)

    Since the same risk exists for program described files, we are reluctant to make the requested change.

    The *PUBLIC permissions on the CPYSPLF command and files can be changed to better guard against inadvertent overwrites. Regular use of the CPYSPLF command is best done in a program avoid mistyping the target file name.

  • Guest
    Mar 31, 2021

    We will evaluate this from a security perspective.

  • Guest
    Jan 6, 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 - Print
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Db2 for i
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None