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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 1, 2024

Simple RPG BIF to submit a process in batch.

We have to build the complete sbmjob command string to run a process in batch from RPG.

My suggestion (original idea from Golang goroutines) is to use a simple BIF that will accept a process name and parameters as input, submit the process in batch, and return the batch job details as an array.

By default, the job will be submitted in QBATCH. Optionally there can be a system value or parameter to override this. All other required values should be inherited from the parent job.

For example (there might be a better way to structure this)

jobdetails = %sbmjob("PGM1":"LIB1":PARAM1:PARAM2)

jobdetails[1] will contain the error message. Blank means no error.

jobdetails[2] will contain the job name

jobdetails[3] will contain the job user name

jobdetails[4] will contain the job number

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Feb 9, 2024
    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this Idea at this time, so it is being closed.

    The ILE CL language is better suited to a task such as submitting a job. A program can contain both RPGLE and CLLE modules.

    - IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Feb 7, 2024

    There are so many CL commands that would be appreciated to have in RPG. The best way would be to add CL COMMAND functionality to RPG, similar to EXEC SQL (EXEC CL?).


    SBMJOB (CALL mylib/mypgm PARM((:PARM1) (:PARM2)))


    SBMJOB (CALL mylib/mypgm PARM((&PARM1) (&PARM2)))