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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 20, 2020

Please add option to specify the source location as an option when starting debug in the GUI/Java /system debugger

When using the IBM i System debugger (GUI/Java) and starting the debugger it asks for the program name and library. If the source is not where the object was compiled from, you cannot specify where the source can be found.

Use Case:

At this company, the practice when compiling new objects into a production environment, is to compile to a temporary library ahead of the production library in the library list. If after 7 days, there are no issues reported, the object in the production object library is deleted and the version from the temporary library is moved to the production library and the source is moved into the source library.

When this is done, the system debugger cannot find the source in the source library/file/member. It has an option to search the folders, but its not easy to locate the source in IBM i libraries and source files.

Adding the option to specify the library/source file/member is required.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 5, 2021

    IBM Understand this requirement and use this for prioritization for future enhancements.

  • Guest
    Sep 22, 2020

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed. Although it is already part of RDi, it would be beneficial to cache the values selected (as is done in so many parts of RDi) so they don't need to be selected again every time the debugger is started.

    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
    Apr 23, 2020

    This support is already part of RDi. Open' Edit configuration and launch' for Debug. User the 'what to debug' area, select the source tab. Click 'Add-on the right side and you can add a source location. Here you can specify the source for the debug engine to use.