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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 26, 2021

RTVSYSVAL variable length requirements

IBM i, currently at V7R4M0.
Created CL program to retrieve the QSYSLIBL and QLURLIBL system values.
Compiled without errors.
When manually calling the CL program, the following error message was received.

Additional Message Information

Message ID . . . . . . : CPF1095 Severity . . . . . . . : 40
Message type . . . . . : Escape
Date sent . . . . . . : 10/25/21 Time sent . . . . . . : 13:22:24

Message . . . . : CL variable length not valid for system value QSYSLIBL.
Recovery . . . : See the IBM Knowledge Center, , for
information on the valid length of system values.

The same message occurs with the RTVSYSVAL SYSVAL(QUSRLIBL) command.

Using the link listed ( I could not find anything indicate the correct CL variable length to use for either the System or User Library List system values. I found general information about retrieving system values in the CL Programming documentation, but not the variable lengths for these specific system values.

It is only by prompting the RTVYSYVAL command, placing the cursor on RTNVAR field, and then pressing the HELP key that a list of the variable type and length was found. It would be helpful if the error message could direct one to documentation showing the variable type length for the various system values. Or at least suggest using the help text.

Use Case:

Application programming (retrieving system values).

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Dec 16, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” LOW priority feature.

    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 @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Oct 28, 2021

    We typically don't put direct links to IBM Documentation in our messages, but FWIW, here is a direct link to the system value table that would have been helpful:
    We agree there is room for improvement in the CPF1095 message and will look into this further.

  • Guest
    Oct 28, 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 - Work Management and Messaging
    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 - Documentation
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None