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Interacting with the z/OS UNIX System

Duration

4 hours

Overview

This course discusses commonly used interfaces to z/OS UNIX and then concentrates on common tasks and how they are performed within those interfaces. Interfaces covered include: OMVS Shell, ISPF Shell, ISPF’s z/OS UNIX Directory List Utility, and batch processing.

Audience

Application programmers, system programmers and anyone else needing to interact with z/OS UNIX directories and files.

Prerequisites

Completion of Interskill’s “z/OS UNIX System Services - Basics” course or equivalent knowledge.

Objectives

    After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe how to Enter UNIX, TSO, and Subcommands in the OMVS Shell
  • Log into the ISPF shell and describe how actions are invoked from that environment
  • Identify ISPF options that allow you to interact with z/OS UNIX directories and files
  • Create a simple batch job that references z/OS UNIX files

Course Content

Using the OMVS Shell

Default Shell
Working with z/OS
Logging into the OMVS Shell
Entering Commands
Error Messages
Shell Messages
Retrieving Commands
Subcommands
Running Multiple Shell Sessions
Exiting the Shell

Working with ISPF

Accessing the ISPF Shell
Navigating the ISPF Shell
Displaying Directory and File Attributes
Running Shell Commands
Working with Processes
Error Messages
ISPF View Entry Panel
ISPF z/OS UNIX Directory List Utility
ISPF z/OS UNIX Directory List Utility Primary Commands
UDLIST Command
ISPF Data Set List Utility (3.4)
z/OS UNIX Command Shell

z/OS UNIX and Batch

Batch Processing Advantages
PATH Parameter
FILEDATA Parameter
PATHMODE, PATHDISP, PATHOPTS Parameters
Submitting a Batch Job
Connecting an Application Program to JCL
BPXBATCH Utility
PARM Parameter
STDIN, STDOUT, STDPARM, STDERR DD Statements
Passing Environment Variables

Interacting with the z/OS UNIX System Mastery Test