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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 7, 2020

Preference to not update ILE RPG model on every keystroke

Add a preference to only update the ILE RPG model that drives the outline view, hovers, etc when the Refresh action is done (or when the cursor leaves the line) and not on every keystroke.

Use Case:

I am editing a large ILE RPG member and I don't want to trigger a long parse on every keystroke

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2024

    Someone should review this one with the Fortra team -- it MAY have become a non-issue. It is quite old and several operational enhancements have been made to the outline view since then. I've noticed quite an improvement in the last couple of years, and recently that nothing gets parsed until I leave a line -- not on every keystroke like it used to long ago.

  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2020

    Sorry I completely disagree that this should have a LOW priority.
    IMHO it should be at least medium to high.

    Working remote at home via VPN connection is a real PITA because it updates and updates
    and every update takes several minutes or more to complete.
    And every update restarts every time you makes a keystroke.

    Thus the outline is useless.

    I also experience that saving the source when connected via VPN takes a long time even if it is only a small program to be saved.

  • Guest
    Aug 24, 2020

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” LOW priority feature.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Jul 27, 2020

    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.

  • Guest
    Jul 13, 2020

    Of course it could be done by first locating the option in Remote Systems LPEX Editor > IBM i Parsers > ILE RPG
    but I agree that the most elegant way would be to have a button with the Outline. Also in connection with how slow the Outline works when working remote via a VPN connection.

    One nice thing could be the ability to right click on a file name in the Outline and select update definition in order to force a reload of the definition of the file. This should also be possible for other parts like data structures based on files and copy sources.