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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 19, 2023

The QMHQRDQD API should not update the Object Last Used Date.

Currently if you call QMHQRDQD in an RPG or whatever program, that API updates the *DTAQ object's Last-Used Date with the current date. What if QUSROBJD updated the last used date? It doesn't because it should not. The QMHQRDQD API should not update a *DTAQ object's last used date. The fact that it does, is likely to impact other interfaces that call this API, such as some of the IBM SQL Services, unless of course they aren't using the QMHQRDQD API.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Sep 21, 2023

    The QMHQRDQD API is Retrieve Data Queue Description not "Retrieve Data Queue" as indicated on the link you provided. Having the API name is accurate on that page. We need to be able to retrieve information about objects and not have the Last Used Date get updated. Perhaps a new API that does substancially similar retrieval, but without the need to matieralize the queue, but just its OIR and key information would be appriate.

    Scenario: I want to scan for all Data Queusts and pull in their description. Then I want to determine whichi data queues have not been used in "5 years". Well, every one of them is now used "today" so I loose that capability.

  • Guest
    Sep 21, 2023
    I've been on the other side of this argument where an object gets deleted because the usage data has not been updated. I understand your logic, that this API is returning information that is more descriptive in nature than actual data. But it does do a materialize of the queue and returns some information that could be used more by an application. It is also listed in our documentation for "Detecting unused objects on the system," as updating the usage data so I am very hesitant to change that without a solid requirement. For these reasons I am declining this Idea.

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  • Guest
    Jul 24, 2023
    Moving to Under Consideration for further review.
    IBM Power Systems development