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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on May 7, 2021

QShell Improvements

When starting a Qshell for an IBM i Connection within RDi, currently it behaves significantly different from the shell environment started in 5250 emulation with command STRQSH.
Most important features STRQSH has, but RDi Qshell has not:
1) Upon start of the Shell, the working directory should switch to the user default. RDi QShell always starts with /home.
2) Commands contained in the user specific .profile file should be executed when starting RDi QShell.
3) Commands entered in RDi Qshell should be echoed within the area of the command output.

Use Case:

Even traditional IBM i applications can significantly improve by incorporating PASE programs, especially open Source Software. During the development process there is the need to install and test programs running in PASE using RPM, YUM and much more. Some of these have restrictions when being called within 5250 STRQSH. RDi should provide better support for using a PASE shell. PuTTY works very well with IBM i SSH and PASE, but is of course not integrated within RDi and RSE.

Eclipse and even RDi provide the possibility to open an SSH-Shell which performs correctly according to above 1) and 2). Sadly it doesn't echo commands as described in 3) and it has some other minor glitches. And it seems not to be officially supported under RDi.

Above all, RDi Qshell should provide at least the same functionality as 5250 QSH to help make the trasition from green screen.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 17, 2021

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