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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Save and Restore
Created by Guest
Created on May 9, 2021

Enable SAV* commands to save SAVE FILEs to IFS path

Enable SAV/SAVLIB/SAVDLO/SAVOBJ/SAVCFG/SAVSECDTA commands to save data to IFS path when using *SAVF option

Use Case:

This will allow to create D2D backups even on low space systems with easy. Today you can save image catalog on specific configurations using NFS, but SAVE FILEs are handy and easy to use when moving data between systems.
On old systems we can't migrate using Image Catalog

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jan 10, 2022

    Thanks, we have developed our own commands using those APIs...

  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed. There are several factors contributing to this decision:

    - A customer-created solution is possible by using the QaneSava and QaneRsta API's. However, IBM agrees this is not a user-friendly option.
    - Given the runway for the next 2 releases, we won't be able to get to your request.
    - The cost to implement would not be worth the benefit.

    IBM hopes we can deliver other strategic solutions in the future that help solve the challenges of IBM i interfacing the cloud. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Guest
    May 14, 2021


    Thanks, but there's no example and it's a complex API


    Thanks, but besides Object Connect is slow (we've tried with it) you need another IBM i and it's some kind of a replication solution, not a backup. You can't save from System1 to *SAVF or *IMGCLG on System2, objects are transfered similar to RSYNC on Linux.

    We live in cloud days, so we need something to save to IFS so we use NFS or a save-to-remote-server command to create a save on a "proxy" system to compress and upload to an Object Storage.

    BRMS+ICC needs more than 50% of the disk, and is SLOW.

    We have tried with Save N libraries to SAVF -> compress -> Delete SAVF -> Continue ... but sometimes SAVF can't be compress beyond 2:1 or 3:1, so you still need a lot of disk space.

  • Guest
    May 14, 2021

    I know, but that's an API, not a command.

  • Guest
    May 12, 2021

    This could be accomplished with a user written application using the QaneSava and QaneRsta API's. It has the same limitations as save file. Refer to the following documentation:

  • Guest
    May 10, 2021

    Have you consider using SS1 object connect?
    This will give you access to a series of SAVRST command that will save from one system and restore on another even when disk space is more constrained.
    Some more details in article below

    I hope this helps.
    Steve Bradshaw
    IBM Champion, Member of CEAC, TD of
    And Friendly Techie Bloke at