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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories PTF and Service
Created by Guest
Created on May 11, 2020

Remove backup of trace directory

BRMS backup is getting:
CPFA09E Object in use. Object is /QIBM/UserData/OS400/ServiceAgent/trace/esa.log.0.lck.
CPFA09E Object in use. Object is /QIBM/UserData/OS400/ServiceAgent/trace/esa.log.0.
While I could add these to a BRMS omit list I am wondering, since these appear to be log files and/or lock indicators, and IMHO appear to be expendable and something the system will rebuild as needed, if IBM should perform a
CHGATR OBJ('/QIBM/UserData/OS400/ServiceAgent/trace') ATR(*ALWSAV) VALUE(*NO)
IBM has flagged numerous directories like this with that attribute starting a few releases ago.

IBM Response:
Hi Robert,
thank you for contacting the IBM Global support Center.
I discussed with the ESA specialist and he said that The ESA.log.xx files are trace logs for ESA transmissions and they usually delete them for problem recreation.
Then it is OK if you change the *ALWSAV attribute to *NO.

Use Case:

BRMS, Save/Restore, Service

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2020

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize it.

  • Guest
    Jul 21, 2020

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” LOW priority feature.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM