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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 24, 2022

Add the "Command to Run" field to the JOB-INFO table query

Please add the "Command to Run" parameter to the query. It has nearly all the commands parameters except this one.

Use Case:

We use a complex process at month end to prepare jobs to run at month end.

I need to be able to view the jobs submitted to see that the parameters added to the command are correct.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jul 13, 2022

    This could be displayed using Navbigatort for i. That would use te authentication used by Navigator.

  • Guest
    Feb 18, 2022

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

    The command to be run is not maintained as part of the job information. The SBMJOB command sends a request message to the job message queue, never storing the command string. In order for the JOB_INFO table function to return this information, it would need to access the job message queue in some way, similar to the query described in one of the comments to this RFE. It would slow down all JOB_INFO queries. In addition, there are security requirements related to showing commands from other user jobs that need to be considered.

    IBM recommends defining a view that combines JOB_INFO and JOBLOG_INFO to hide the complexity from the user. If specific parameters need to be passed to the table function invocation, use global variables to set them prior to querying the view.

  • Guest
    Feb 15, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. There are work-arounds, such as the one provided in an earlier comment below.

    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
    Jan 25, 2022

    This is a great idea. In the mean time, you can do the following LATERAL join with JOB_INFO and JOBLOG_INFO to get the results you need. Note you may need to increase the length of the CAST for the CMDRQS field if you commands exceed 255 characters. Just change the VARCHAR(255) to a larger length.

    qsys2.job_info(job_STATUS_FILTER => '*JOBQ')
    ) JQ
    SELECT CAST(message_text AS VARCHAR(255)) AS CMDRQS,
    JQ.job_name AS JOBNAME
    ) jl
    ORDER BY ordinal_position DESC
    LIMIT 1
    ) JL
    ON jq.job_name = JL.jobname