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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on May 11, 2011

Resolving to Logical File to Physical Files and displaying the data with defined keys

When a Logical File is shown in the table view it will display the field definitions of the logical file or have the option to show data from the appropriate Physical Files.

Use Case:

When needed to use different keys to see content of Physical File.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Aug 23, 2021

    We have evaluated this request and determined that it cannot be implemented at this time.

  • Guest
    Nov 24, 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
    Sep 14, 2015

    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

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Rational
    Product family - Design & development
    Product - Developer for Power Systems

  • Guest
    Mar 31, 2014

    This RFE will be under consideration for a future release. Status has been updated to Uncommitted Candidate.

  • Guest
    May 31, 2011

    This RFE is consistent with our strategy and product roadmap and IBM is continuing to evaluate.

  • Guest
    May 22, 2011


    The suggested solution is not what we are looking for.

    We are looking for a simple way to view the content of a LF file from the RDp "Remote System" Perspective in the same way it can be done for a PF file.

    How it should work:
    1. In RDp go to "Remote System" perspective.
    2. Navigate to the LF file in the Objects "subsystem"
    3. Right-click the PF file and select "Show In Table"
    4. Select the relevant data to view: Members/Fields/Data

    Regarding the complexity of the multiple record format additional field data types, it should be fully supported.


  • Guest
    May 18, 2011

    An alternative is to use the Database Development Perspective with an i5/OS database connection:
    1) Open the Database Development Perspective:
    - Window -> Open Perspective -> Other -> Database Development
    2) Create a data connection to the IBM i host database:
    - In the Data Source Explorer View, right click on Database Connections to open its context menu
    - select New
    - New Connection dialog opens.
    - Select 'DB2 for i5/OS' and specify the host name and userid and password
    3) Under the connection, expand Schemas (to get a list of libraries on the system)
    4) Select the library of interest, expand it, then expand 'Tables' for Physical Files, or 'Views' for Logical Files
    5) Right click on the file name and select Data -> Return All Rows to see the file contents.

    Please let us know if this is an acceptable alternative.

  • Guest
    May 16, 2011

    To clarify, this RFE requests these context-menu actions be supported for a Logical (Database) File object shown in Remote System Explorer tree view, similar to the current support for a Physical (Database) File:

    - Show the Field Descriptions for the file in a table view
    - Show the record (data) contents for the file in a table view.

    Is this correct?

    Logical files can have multiple record formats and additional field data types, which adds a level of complexity to such support. Is it crucial these also be fully supported, or could there be restrictions regarding these?