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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 29, 2016

Provide method to suppress backslash as delimiter for IFS paths

IBM CL commands and the QJoStartJournaling and QJoEndJournaling APIs treat backslash characters as a delimiter and implicitly treat them as forward slash characters. The result of this is that there is now way for these commands and APIs to reference paths with backslashes in them. Please define an IBM environment variable (e.g. QIBM_BACKSLASH_NOT_DELIMITER) that can be specified at the system or job scope and suppress the special treatment of backslash in all ways that commands can be invoked (command line, QCMD, QCAPCMD, QCMDEXC, rexec, ftp, etc.)
It is unacceptable that these commands and APIs are prohibited from being used directly on any IFS path that contains a backslash.

NOTE: PMR 32211,756,000 has additional information and implementation options.

Use Case:

Replication products must act on IFS paths as presented in journal entries and as they exist on the system. These products do not have any influence or control over the characters used in the names.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 11, 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your request. After careful consideration, we know that we cannot deliver your requested enhancement soon, so it is being declined. However, we believe it may have future value, so we will add it to an internal list for us to keep in mind for the future.

  • Guest
    May 5, 2020

    Thank you for submitting this request. We continue to investigate providing the support.

  • Guest
    Aug 1, 2017

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

    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

    Dawn May - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #95225 in product IBM i.