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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories System Management
Created by Guest
Created on May 1, 2018

EBCDIC to ASCII conversion in Navigator for i

The Navigator for i component of IBM Access Client Solutions (ACS) allows you to browse through the Integrated File System (IFS) of the IBM i. You can display/edit files in the IFS. When you select an individual file in the IFS, there is an option to download the file. If the file is a text file (.txt or .log), after you download, the file is not converted to ASCII.

Use Case:

When a vendor asks for a large amount of log files to be submitted to trouble-shoot an error, it would be nice to highlight the files and choose download.

I understand there is a way on the IBM i to convert the file to ASCII ahead of time. As an alternative, if the ability to convert to ASCII was added to Navigator for i, then the download option in the IFS would make sense.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Mar 12, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and cannot reproduce your problem. Please check to be sure you have the correct CCSIDs on both the IBM i and your PC, as this is a common cause for an issue like this. If you continue to have trouble, please submit a PMR to IBM Support.

    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

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    May 9, 2018

    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 - System Management
    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 - IBM i Access Family
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None


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