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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 21, 2021

Change STRPCCMD to NOT pop up the STRPCO window

As part of modernization, I have convert reports (spool files) to PDF documents. I then run the NETSERVER command STRPCCMD to display the PDF document.

The request:
Change the process to either suppress the pop up window or run it minimized. There is no way for us to run it minimized right now.

Use Case:

We have people in the factory that need to see the basics. We no longer want to print the reports as this wastes paper, etc. In many cases, the report just needs to be viewed prior to making changes to the data example, orders to pack in the next hour.

I use the STRPCCMD \\SYSTEM\SHARE\PDF_NAME.pdf and the PDF displays very well on the screen.

The problem is :
1. there is a PCO windows that pops up for about a half second and then disappears.

2. everytime the STRPCCMD is run, the pop up happens and it gets annoying to have these flashes on your screen every time.

3. We have found that the pop up changes focus and the user finds themselves changing the wrong data, before they realize the windows changed focus.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 5, 2021

    Thank you for submitting your Request For Enhancement. We tested the proposed work around of inserting explorer.exe and found it to behave as you requested. For example:

    Since we have no other plans to enhance the STRPCCMD, we have decided to decline this request at this time.

  • Guest
    Oct 26, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. The work-around mentioned in an earlier comment from Brian Rusch is easy to do, and works as one would expect.

    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

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Sep 23, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Languages - CL (Control Language)
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Sep 13, 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 @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Jul 25, 2021


    STRPCCMD is still supported with ACS, it was the support for using RUNRMTCMD to the Windows desktop that was deprecated.


  • Guest
    Jul 24, 2021

    If you use explorer.exe as part of the pc command parameter, then the window should be suppressed:

  • Guest
    Jul 22, 2021

    The whole concept is no longer supported on IBM i ACS (and Client Access for Windows is neither supported).

    I suggest having a look at