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Status Submitted
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 14, 2024

New API to return a Pointer to Associated Space of User-Objects

Today, some objects on the IBM i system do not have a DSPxxx command that supports either OUTFILE or in some rare cases, no DSPxxx command at all. In addition there is no API to get some of these object's properties.

This request is to provide an API in the spirit of QUSPTRUS, but QUSPTRAS (Pointer to Associated Space) which would return a pointer (it can be read-only pointer) to the associated Space for a given object. Today, *MENU, *CMD, *BNDDIR are some of the objects I'd like to be able to read the information stored in their associated space.

This will provide us with the ability to retrieve things like a *MENU object's attributes (Type, associated Message file), or *BNDDIR the actual entries in that binding directory.

We do mostly C/C++ development and the ability to get to this stuff without reading it in a SPOOLED file or similar, would be wonderful. We used to be able to do that decades ago, but now with QSECURITY(40) on just about every system, we need an API to get to that kind of info.


Idea priority Medium