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

Allow automatic DATFMT at signon

I have yet to find a way to set DATFMT automatically at signon.
I deal with some systems with "YYMMDD" or "DDMMYY". I personally prefer "MMDDYY", but I can't change the system value.
Could DATFMT be added as an option in a user profile? Or as an option in a job description used at signon?

Use Case:

Instead of remembering to type CHGJOB DATFMT(*MDY), have my job changed automatically at signon.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Nov 11, 2021

    After about 30 years working with AS400/iSeries/IBMi, I'm still learning! I did not know this was available. This will help with CCSID as well, since I frequently forget to update that until I'm in a query and things don't display properly. Thanks!

  • Guest
    Oct 27, 2021

    Hi Jim,
    It's a good suggestion, I do agree this would be easier to set up and I'm not sure why the date format was not added to these interfaces originally. But, as Rudi already stated, you can configure this through existing function with a locale. You should be able to use one of the locales that we ship, like EN_GB for Great Britain English.
    For example:

    Only the job attributes specified in SETJOBATR will come from the locale, everything else will be set from the user profile or job description as usual.

    I hope you will find this to be simple way to configure the date format for your job without having to wait for a new enhancement.

  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2021

    Hello Jim,

    What you want can be achived by using a locale in the userprofile with the desired date format.

    For this you need to set the parameter SETJOBATR to the value *DATFMT and the parameter LOCALE with a *LOCALE objectname with the desired date format.

    Greetings Rudi

  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2021

    You can add an initial program to a userprofile... and do your CHGJOB in there.