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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 29, 2021

Option to exclude comment lines when debugging

This is a request to add functionality to all debuggers on the system to allow the exclusion or the ability to switch to having comment statements shown or not shown.

Use Case:

Comment lines are shown and in many cases, it is difficult to identify comment lines from actual code. So when debugging programs, it is easy to make mistakes in looking at comment lines and not realizing that they are comments.

As a result, fellow programmers do not want to document their code.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

  • Guest
    Nov 9, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. This is not likely to advance the process of debugging -- comments are usually easy to distinguish from code.

    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
    Oct 15, 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 - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2021

    Using RDI debugger it is not hard to notice the difference.

    However, if you need to know for certain (in the system debugger) if the line is a comment or not, try pressing F6 to set a breakpoint on a line. If it is a comment the debugger will set the breakpoint to the next executable.

  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2021

    Funny reason not wanting to document your code :-)

    I thought comment was "written text" (which is obvious that it won't be processed)... not code put in comments (which you shouldn't have... if you've a change management system).