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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 30, 2022

Defaults for Dcl-pi;

Parameters for programs and procedures are declared with Dcl-pi. Today it requires to to give the name or *N.

But for programs and procedures that does not return a value - it would be appreciated if that was not required and could default to *N and no return parameters.

This code compiles because of the *N:


**free

dcl-pi *N;

myparm char(10);

end-pi;

*inlr = *ON;


The following code fails to compile with RNF3368 30 The Definition Specification is not complete. Because of the missing *N:


**free

dcl-pi;

myparm char(10);

end-pi;

*inlr = *ON;



Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Sabine Jordan
    Sep 23, 2022

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.

    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

    Sabine Jordan + Sara Anrdres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Jul 26, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. It can be frustrating to have a compile fail because of forgetting to put the *N in when there is no return value.


    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
    Jun 30, 2022
    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

    If this request is implemented, the change will be to allow DCL-PI to be followed immediately by a semi-colon. However, if any keywords are specified, the *N (or the name) will still be required.

    - IBM Power Systems Development