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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 8, 2021

Add SYSTEM NAME (PARTITION ID) to MOST WRKxxx Panels

IBM has done a good job of including the System name/Parition ID on most displays, but not all of them. Several "WORK WITH..." panels do not have the System Name on them. This is a problem for a growing set of Partitions being used not to mention working remotely and knowing the system on which you are about to run that DLTF command. Am I on Partition 1 or Partition 38? PDM's main menu specifically comes to mind but there are several others such as WRKRDBDIRE, (I know PDM isn't being enhanced but it is NEVER going away.)
It would be even better to include it on ALL CL Command Prompts automatically.


Use Case:

When Prompting a CL command or viewing one of the many Work With panels that do not have the System Name on them, we often have to cancel what we're about to do, find a screen with the System Name on it, and then return to what we were doing, just to confirm that the actions we're about to perform is being performed on the correct system/partition. CPYF, DLTF, even PWRDWNSYS come to mind. Thankfully, PWRDWNSYS prompts you with the "are you sure" screen that contains the system name.


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 3, 2022

    This is a good RFE.

    Just re your PWRDWNSYS comment, for those that don't know you need the System enviroment variable QIBM_PWRDWNSYS_CONFIRM set with the value '*YES'. There are also the variables QIBM_ENDSYS_CONFIRM and QIBM_ENDTCP_CONFIRM.

    Have seen what happens on systems that do not have these set. Not nice.

  • Guest
    Dec 9, 2021

    Thanks. Adding the system name to CL command prompts and all IBM and user-created menus automatically should be the priority followed by any and all WORK WITH panels and that followed by whatever remains.

  • Guest
    Oct 27, 2021

    Changing status to Uncommitted Candidate to be prioritized amongst other work items for consideration in a future release.

  • Guest
    Jun 8, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed. The system name is valuable information, and would be useful wherever it could be added, even if it's not 100% of the cases. Still, do as many as you can.

    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 www.common.org/caac

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Mar 29, 2021

    The thing that kills the feature ACS offers is TELNET XYZ
    As soon as you go to another partition or system from an existing session, the screen watermark is pointless and actually misleading.
    The ability to see the system name on CL command prompts is so easy to implement I could do it; so I don't see how using some other interface to NOT get what we need is a viable solution.

  • Guest
    Mar 12, 2021

    There's no "automatically" here. It would be a lot of work to make this happen. With the name on ACS and PCOMM frames, I don't see this as a "high" priority, but more of a nice to have feature.

  • Guest
    Jan 18, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    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 @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Jan 11, 2021

    Great RFE Bob.

    And argue might be that you can tailor the ACS to have another background, however, your counter argument will be: situations, where you have to just TELNET and/or pass through to reach your partition, Or in cases where the 5250-stream is running as a service - like in IceCap. Customization of ACS in these cases will have no effect.