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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 14, 2020

ACS - clear keyboard buffer when showing RSS results

When the result of a SQL statement in Run SQL Script is shown, the keyboard buffer is not cleared and the result window will pickup the next keystroke in the buffer.

This is very annoying when the next keystroke is F5 - especially when the SQL statement is a long running SQL, then you have to wait until the SQL statement has been run once more.

I can't count how many times the following situation has occurred to me:
1) I work in the 5250 screen and starts Run SQL Script (from the menu, so it is in the same JVM).
2) I enter and run the SQL statement in RSS. The SQL statement takes long time to complete, so I switch back to the 5250 window.
3) I'm on some 5250 screen where I use F5 a lot, e.g. WRKACTJOB. The SQL statement completes and the result window is shown.
4) Because I have pressed F5 several times in the 5250 window without all keystrokes being processed, the next F5 is performed in the SQL result window - which re-executes the long-running SQL statement!

When the SQL result window is shown, it should not react on any keystrokes pressed in other windows.

Use Case:

While having a long running SQL statement I can press F5 in 5250 windows without risking the SQL statement being run twice.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 11, 2022
    This support is now available in version dated November 2022.
  • Guest
    Nov 3, 2022
    Planned for our November 2022 update is that the RSS results window will assume focus for keyboard input only if RSS is the active window.

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • 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. There may not be a lot of people running into this situation, but it would be great to remove this annoyance for those who do run into it. It is not apparent where the buffer may actually reside.

    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
    Aug 4, 2020

    IBM understands this request and will consider it for a future code update, though no commitment is made or implied.

  • Guest
    Jul 14, 2020

    Don't do that.