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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 19, 2018

RDI LPEX Editor add Signature Feature to COBOL Source Members

In the LPEX editor for RPG, you have already implemented the 'signature' option so the user may specify a text string to be inserted into each line of a source member added/modified by the user.

Can you please implement this same feature for COBOL source members? Columns 1-6 are available for this purpose.

The RPG implementation is a global option, so the same text is applied to all open source members. If you could implement the feature exactly like RPG that would suffice at minimum, but as a further enhancement I would like to see the 'signature' option available for each open source member independently, not at the global editor level. See the use case for an example of how this would be helpful.

Use Case:

This feature is primarily used to identify the user making edits to a source member, and serves as additional information to supplement the date stamp already added by the editor. It is very useful when a program is maintained by a team.

If the signature were specific to each source member, it could be used to include release/version data to narrow the edits for future programmers.

For example, "DFv1.8" for source member A in one tab, but "DFv6.4" for another source member being edited in the same session.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jul 21, 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
    Jun 19, 2020

    We have reviewed this requirement and we feel it would be a beneficial enhancement to the product. We hope to be able to add it to our development plans in the future.

  • Guest
    Nov 2, 2018

    We accept this for global option, but please open a separate RFE for member level control. Thanks!

  • Guest
    Oct 22, 2018

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems
    Component - RPG/COBOL Development Tools
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Languages - Other
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Oct 22, 2018

    People using the full free format RPG version (ie. **FREE) don't have this feature neither anymore, but actually what you're looking for is a proper change management system. Just adding some comments in a source won't replace or come even close to it.