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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 11, 2016

Enhance Job Log Access

When viewing a job log via any of the WRK commands (e.g. WRKJOB, WRKUSRJOB, etc) add the following abilities:
1) search the displayed job log
2) print the job log
3) write the job log to a file

Use Case:

Right now it's a real pain to analyze a job log of an active job. Displaying the joblog basically gives you page up/dn ability but that's practically useless. To be able to search the log you have to first get the name/user/# (and you can't cut/paste it from the job log display), issue the wrkactjob command then print it. And you can't even download it to a file.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 17, 2020

    ACS and iNav provide good alternatives to the green screen interfaces for working with jobs and joblogs.

    The JOBLOG_INFO table function is a powerful tool for analyzing and searching job logs;
    From ACS, you can use:


    to view the full joblog (insert the qualified job name instead of '*' to view a specific job log).

    To search for a specific text string in the joblog, you can add a WHERE clause for the MESSAGE_TEXT.
    For example:

  • Guest
    Dec 10, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. A better solution would be to use existing ACS or Navigator, both of which provide a fully searchable text.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key 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.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Oct 30, 2019

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Work Management and Messaging
    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 - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Mar 29, 2017

    Did anybody try to use the following command:


    As for myself, to point to the first Unmonitored ESCAPE MSG in the joblog, I designed my own Freeware Utility, You may try it:

  • Guest
    Jan 5, 2017

    Unless something has changed, you can't just call an API from the command line. But you missed my point. I want to be able to extract the job log from the job log display itself. You make it overly complex and burdensome to get a job log into a form that I can analyze.

  • Guest
    Jan 4, 2017

    Have you considered using the QMHCTLJL API? This API can be used to designate the destination of the job log to an output file (instead of a spooled file).

    See the API documentation for more information on using this API to control job log output:

  • Guest
    Aug 12, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #92898 in product IBM i.