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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories System Management
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 17, 2022

Edit files in IFS using Navigator for i or ACS

After we installed the latest PTF's, the old Heritage IBM navigator for i has been disabled. Just about every week we EDIT a lot of files in the root file system and we used to be able to do this through the Heritage version. The only file system option I see in the new Navigator is File Shares and the edit option is not available in the ACS Integrated File System option, just the view, download, and upload option. Since we EDIT a lot of files every week I do not want to download the files to my PC, change the file on my PC, then upload it back to the IFS. This will take me forever every week. I tried using the EDTF command but I cannot see the whole line on my screen so when I have to insert or delete characters the line gets screwed up.
Is there another way to edit files in the IFS or is the new Navigator, or ACS, going to offer an edit option. We edit text files, log files, property files, etc.

Since we manage about 20 lpars it would be nice to do this in Navigator for i or ACS. Also I do not want to create a map drive for every system.

I did find a way to turn the heritage version back on but that will only last until the end of 2022, when IBM removes it.

We edit log files, property files, text files, html, etc

Use Case:

When we edit configuration files for Tomcat, Apache, our java config files, html, javascript, etc. We have to do this for every partition because the configurations files can be different for each partition.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Mar 22, 2022

    IBM understands this request and will consider it as part of a future delivery.

  • Guest
    Mar 21, 2022

    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 - System Management
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Mar 17, 2022

    Hi Jeff

    I support this 100% and will bring this to the table at the next CEAC meeting but in the mean time, have you considered a temporary workaround of sharing the folders with the log files in via NetServer?

    You could lock this down to a limited group of people or with the use of Exit Programs to a specific set of IP addresses.

    Best Wishes, Brad
    Steve Bradshaw
    IBM Champion, Member of CEAC, TD of
    and by day a Friendly Techie at