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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 11, 2022

Provide a CL Command Parameter Option for Required when INTERACTIVE

some CL command parameters can be designated as MIN(1) which makes them have a value before the command may be run.
We need a way to set parameters to REQUIRED when they are run interactively vs batch.
Add a RQD parameter (or similar) to PARM statements in CMD definition source so that RQD(*INTERACT) could be used to override the other parameters settings (such as MIN(1) when run interactively vs batch.
See Use Case for example.

Use Case:

As an example: The IBM RSTOBJ command has a RSTLIB parameter. By default that parameter is RSTLIB(*SAVLIB). Which is fine. However, when run interactively, we want the end-user to be required to enter an explicit value for RSTLIB so they don't accidentally overlay existing production data.
If there were an option of RQD(*INTERACT) on the PARM/ELEM/QUAL statements that behaved like MIN(1) when Interactive and like MIN(0) when not interactive that would be great.
This should also be an option on CHGCMDDFT so we can change existing command parameters.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Mar 10, 2022

    Okay. Then we need to think of another approach for this situation where a parameter is required but could also have a default when not interactive.
    Mostly this will apply to IBM-supplied commands. Perhaps something like you did with ENDTCPSVR where the first parm had defaulted to *ALL and after a Release two you realized it wasn't the best idea. So you add the infamous "Are you sure" prompt. I wouldn't mind having an "Are you Sure" prompt as an alternative to this RFE. But it would need to be external. Something like:

    OPTION is a 3 or 4-part setting.
    1) The value of the parameter that evokes the action (3rd parm).
    2) The environment or MODE where run where this condition applies
    3) The action to perform. With *CONFIRM built-in but also a user-specified program to call would be nice.

    Then if I run RSTOBJ interactively and don't specify RSTLIB parm, it'll prompt me to confirm it.
    If I run RSTOBJ in batch, it will ignore this conditional action.

    Let me know if you think this is feasible and if I need to create a new RFE.

  • Guest
    Feb 16, 2022

    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 - Languages - CL (Control Language)
    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 - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None