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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 18, 2019

Add the ability to Watch a file

Using Watches, you can watch for messages, PAL entries, and LIC Logs. Management Central used to have file monitors that provided a similar sort of feature.

This RFE is to request the ability to Watch a file.

The minimum features needed to watch a file are to watch on the file size, watch when the file was last changed, as well as to watch for specific text strings within the file.

The required support is the command interface for a Watch. Ideally, a graphical user interface under Navigator Monitors would also be added.


Use Case:

Watches provide a way to be automatically notified when a specific criteria is hit. The ability to easily watch files can help administrators be more efficient in their duties. They can set up the desired watches and not have to babysit their system.

Developers would find File Watches useful if they are trying to debug applications and need to find a specific string in a log file.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 5, 2020

    Thank you for your request for enhancement. While we agree this would be a nice feature, it did not make it into our current development plan.

  • Guest
    Oct 30, 2019

    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 - COMMON

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - COMMON

  • Guest
    Sep 13, 2019

    This is also very useful to watch the number of records in the file. If the number of records exceeds 999 999 999 applications that rely on RPG programs with RRN processing may stop working. RPG can not handle RRN's > 999 999 999 (file information data structure). Yes it can be extended to about 4 times this size by changing the data structure definition pos 397-400 from binary to unsigned integer but still.... program changes, testing, etc required.