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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 12, 2018

Allow text search when viewing job log for active job.

It would be fantastic if we could search for a text string within a job log of an active job, without having to DSPJOBLOG OUTPUT(*PRINT) and then searching the spool file. A simple text search function key would suffice and position the screen to the first/next/previous line where the text was found.


Use Case:

Ability to search a lengthy job log for error codes / program names / etc. while the job is active would help in troubleshooting issues that come up.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Apr 14, 2020

    Thank you for submitting this RFE. While we agree that this function would be nice to have, the joblog would have to be produced in order to search it since the interactive job log is not a searchable file. Each message is retrieved from the message file as it is put to the display. The internal job message queue only contains the message ID and replacement text data.

    The suggestion from the RFE community to use the JOBLOG_INFO table function is an excellent alternative.
    When called from ACS, the message text is converted to the job CCSID so the joblog can be easily searched using this interface.

  • Guest
    Sep 28, 2018

    Would the JOBLOG_INFO table function help?
    https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/ssw_ibm_i_73/rzajq/rzajqudfjobloginfo.htm
    To me, the format is a little awkward, but it has been helpful. Not exactly what you are looking for, but it does avoid the "Print/Open-spool-file/Search-spool-file" process
    Example:
    SELECT MESSAGE_TEXT FROM TABLE(QSYS2.JOBLOG_INFO('817029/QUSER/QPADEV0004')) A
    WHERE A.MESSAGE_TEXT LIKE '%Disabled%'
    Also has the advantage of being able to use it with your own job, as "('*')"

    There is a similar table function for the history log. Example:
    SELECT * FROM TABLE(QSYS2.HISTORY_LOG_INFO(CURRENT TIMESTAMP - 1 DAY)) X

  • Guest
    Jul 10, 2018

    The same goes for DSPLOG.

  • Guest
    Jun 15, 2018

    Yes that would be very good indeed. Or at least a function key in DSPJOBLOG - F21 Print Joblog. Now you need to quit DSPJOBLOG and remember the full job name and re-run DSPJOBLOG (full job name) *PRINT. Cumbersome.