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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on May 10, 2023

Must Gather Tool (MGT) Command helptext

MGT is a great set of tools helping you when dealing with problems. The only thing it lacks is proper command help text. 

Yes there are web pages available dealing with the commands available, but they are not always up  to date. 
When looking at the command STRSFTP I found the page where the parameters are mentioned. 
The problem is that page does not mention the new values for the parameter Function. 
All what is mentions is =>  At the current build, the only valid parameter is *NOCFG. 
But what about the now available  *RUNCFG, *CRTCFG, *INTERACT and *CHK4SFTP? 

This is just an example of one of the commands, but there are more. 

CL has a command available for creating  a help text framework source file GENCMDDOC. 

Although nobody likes writing documentation, but imagine having help text available in MGT. 
In the same way as for all the other IBM i CL commands, would that not be great?

The alternative is having to use the link available on nearly every MGT menu and discover that would you are looking for is not yet documented or not up-to-date. MGT is updated nearly every month, but the webpages appear not to be able to follow that pace, as some of them have been modified in august 2021 for the last time. 


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Apr 26, 2024
    The Must Gather Tools are owned by the IBM i Support Center. They are not part of IBM i development, and as such the work management team does not have access to the MGT source or documentation. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate owners in the support center, but they do not have access to the Idea/RFE tools. I am moving this to the deferred list which will appear as "Declined." But do know that your request has been received and sent to the appropriate folks with your feedback. Future requests for Must Gather Tools are best handled by providing feedback directly to the Support Center through the usual support channels (opening a Case).

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Admin
    Carmelita Ruvalcaba Cevallos
    Apr 16, 2024

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature.

    Although valuable, the tool is provided 'as is'.

    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 IBM Ideas on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your Idea.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Carmelita Ruvalcaba - CAAC Program Manager