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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 17, 2020

Add library list options to PASE "system" command

The "system" command within PASE allows the user to run an IBM i command. I would like to see new options added so that I could specify a Current Library and Library List (e.g. comma separated) that will be used for the

The newly spawned process will inherit the library list of the current shell process. However, I don't believe there is a way to currently change this.

QShell has a "liblist" built-in that can be used to amend the library list for the current shell process. Bash, not being IBM i specific, obviously doesn't offer this. Trying to use ADDLIBLE in conjunction with the system command doesn't work because that only changes the library list for the spawned job, not the current shell process.

We currently work around this by having a special CL program to set up the library list before running an IBM i command. I would like to be able to remove this dependency and run commands directly with my desired library list.

Use Case:

Two examples of where this would have been useful:
- Open source build systems, like gmake or scons, that may need a particular library list for a compilation command
- Provisioning systems like Ansible, that run remote SSH commands

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Feb 17, 2021

    We have added equivalents to QSH's getjobid, liblist, and system utilities to BASH as builtin functions: getjobid, liblist, and cl. Because these are builtin functions, they run within the calling bash instance. cl differs from system only that it defaults to running in the current process (instead of requiring -i to be passed).

    There is a more thorough writeup here: