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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 26, 2021

IFS 1MB View limitation

In ACS the IFS functionality allows you to view a file with the options "View" and "View...".
When selecting one of these two, the size of the file you are able to view is limited to 1 MB.
In the case you select a file for viewing which is larger, the download is started and once complete you are informed that the file can not be viewed because it is too large.


Use Case:

After I opened a case I learned that the limit on viewing a file with ACS is 1MB.

Using the view function and starting a download, if the file is above the threshold is unwanted.


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jul 28, 2021

    After trying to find documentation about the 1 MB limitation when trying to view a file, I could not find it. Maybe it is just me and I am not good in searching.

    So I hope someone is kind enough to me help me and tell me where to find it.

  • Guest
    Jul 27, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed. IBM's answer of checking the size first and also avoiding the download seems appropriate to address this 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 www.common.org/caac

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Jul 12, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.
    The CEAC sees this as an unnecessary limitation of the IFS functionality of the ACS client. By removing the limitation will increase usability.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Mar 29, 2021

    Thank you for submitting your Request For Enhancement. For clarification, and as stated in the referenced Service case, the 1 MB limit only exists when the file does not have a file type (or when it is not one of the file types we recognize). For known file types, we delegate to the desktop PC where the file association will determine what reader is used regardless of file size. For the unknown types, we attempt to read the file anyway with a very primitive reader. But, we limit the size to 1 MB to avoid tying up resources reading an arbitrarily large file that may not be humanly readable anyway. For these cases, we will consider your suggestion of checking the size first and also avoid the download. In the mean time, for unknown file types that exceed the 1 MB limit, you can select a Download option to get the file local to the PC and then read the file as you normally would.