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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 27, 2018

Need ability to manage which users are stopped when an SEP breakpoint is reached

Some debugging we really need to call through web front end to test with how information is set up. This means we use the same userid all people in the environment are assigned by the connector. Since debug stops as soon as the program is called.

See CAAC requirement AD0304 for more information at

Use Case:

Current workaround: Either try to tell everyone to avoid a certain operation or else have to debug after work or have their screens freeze up and they think they have an error.

Proposed resolution: Have an option that allows you to put in breakpoints so that the debug doesn't stop a session until it hits a break point which can be set up so only my call hits it.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Feb 6, 2020

    This RFE is now delivered. It is supported for ILE Languages only: ILE RPG, ILE COBOL, ILE CL and ILE C/C++.

    Conditional SEP is supported in both the command line debugger and the RDi debugger.

    IBM i V7R4 already has the update.
    IBM i V7R3 requires these PTFs to be applied:
    SI69800 Debugger support updates for Conditional SEP Support
    SI69802 Graphical debugger client updates for Conditional SEP Support

    The RDi Debugger requires fix pack to be applied.

    In this enhancement, the SBREAK subcommand syntax has been changed:

    ------------ New SBREAK subcommand syntax ---------------------

    >> --:SBREAK-->position--:---------------:--:-------------:--><
    :--User Option--: :--Condition--:

    User Option >> --:----user-->userid----:
    Condition >> --:--when-->expression--:

  • Guest
    Jan 7, 2020

    We do not debug socket jobs in production directly since there are so many that can be hit by your request so it is almost impossible to do with the same user ID. We do it only in a dedicated development box since we can control the the number of these socket jobs and debug them all if needed. With in our web apps we have a debug feature we built into all of them to capture things if needed. One of them captures SQL calls that are logged in way that we have the full SQL text available including all values. We use those statements in ACS SQL session that is configured to have all attributes as the DB socket jobs. Then we use ACS debugger.

  • Guest
    Jan 29, 2019

    IBM has modified some of the information in this request. In particular, per the Submitter's request, the Headline was updated to be better describe the enhancement requested. The previous headline was: "RDP debug did not stop until it hits breakpoint".

    Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • Guest
    Jan 29, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed. It could be sufficient for an SEP to be conditional on an expression. This would be similar to a conditional Line breakpoint.

    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
    Nov 28, 2018

    I have the same issue but how would you define "my call" ?

    It would require an extra debug filter on IP-address I guess.