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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 19, 2023

Use checksums for testing files for changes.

Today RDi uses timestamps for testing local and remote members for changes. If the timestamps do not match, the Remote Reconciler assumes that a member was changed on the local or remote system. But of course that may not be true. For example, members are always considered to be changed, if an i Project is copied from an old workspace to a new workspace, e.g. if:

  • a workspace was broken

  • a new version of RDi shall be tested

  • an i Project has been checked out to a new workspace

In these cases the developer first needs to start the Remote Reconciler and then check each member for changes if the compile library is shared with other developers. Even a dedicated compile library of his own would not help, because all members are "incorrectly" reported as "Changed".

Please change the way of testing members for changes and use a checksum in addition to timestamps. First compare the checksums. If the checksums match the members are equal and can be considered as unchanged. If the checksums are different, check the timestamps to figure out the new version.

The checksum of a member could be stored along with the timestamp in the *.properties file of the member. This way it would be uploaded to a Git or SVN repository along with the member. Cloning the repository to a new workspace would not mark all members as changed and the developer could start working immediately without comparing each member by hand.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 28, 2023
    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.

    IBM Power Systems Development - RDi team
  • Admin
    Carmelita Ruvalcaba Cevallos
    Nov 28, 2023

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

    There are already solutions to provide this functionality, however, if we are encouraging DevOps approach to programing this will be a nice improvement.

    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