RCLSTG2         RECLAIM STORAGE 2                      TAARCLA

 The Reclaim  Storage 2  tool is  a front  end to RCLSTG.   It  provides
 better  documentation of the  results of  RCLSTG and keeps  the history
 where  it may be conveniently displayed.   There is no reasonable means
 of estimating how  long RCLSTG will  take on a  system other than  your
 own experience.

 You  must be  authorized to  the TAARCLSTG2  authorization list  to use
 RCLSTG2.   The  RCLSTG2 program will  adopt the  QSECOFR profile during
 the running of the command.   If you intend to use RCLSTG2, you  should
 consider  making the  RCLSTG  command private  so  that  users such  as
 QSYSOPR are forced to use RCLSTG2.


 As  with RCLSTG, you  must be in  the restricted state  to run RCLSTG2.
 If you want to  run in an unattended  environment, you should  consider
 the use of  the DLYCMD tool.   It will allow  you to enter  the command
 at  the  console before  going  home and  have  the function  performed
 (including  entering the restricted  state) at a  specific time or when
 batch work has completed.

 The same  parameters that exist  on RCLSTG  also exist  on RCLSTG2.   A
 typical command would be:


 This would  take the defaults  of SELECT(*ALL) and  OMIT(*NONE) causing
 all RCLSTG functions to be performed.

 If  the RCLSTGHSTP file does not  exist in QGPL, it  is created and the
 ownership is changed to QSECOFR.   A record containing the  information
 about the RCLSTG2  results is written to  the file.  This  contains the
 start  and end  dates/time, the  elapsed  time, the  options specified,
 the number  of records  in the  QADBXREF file,  the  number of  objects
 found  on  the system,  etc.    The  information  in the  file  can  be
 displayed or printed with the DSPRCLHST command such as:


 This would  cause a display  of the last  RCLSTG2 run and  the results.
 Rollup  and rolldown are  supported to see  other results from previous
 uses of RCLSTG2.

 Testing RCLSTG2

 You can  try  the function  without entering  the  restricted state  by
 just doing the following:

   **   Create a test data area in QTEMP:


   **   Enter RCLSTG2  command and it  will simulate the function.   The
        check  for  whether the  system is  in  the restricted  state is
        bypassed.   It  takes  about  15 seconds  including  some  delay


   **   Display the results:


   **   Clear out the test record with:


 Differences with RCLSTG

 RCLSTG2  is  code  that  wraps around  RCLSTG  so  that  the  important
 information is  captured and written to the  RCLSTGHSTP file.  A little
 overhead is added to the normal function of RCLSTG.

 RCLSTG does  write  to  a  data area  (QRCLSTG  in  QUSRSYS)  with  the
 beginning and  ending date/time,  but only  the last use  of RCLSTG  is
 stored along  with minimal system information and  no command parameter
 information.   Note that  if RCLSTG has  never been run,  the data area
 may contain  information  from a  system preload.    RCLSTG does  write
 messages to  QHST containing how many  objects exist on the  system and
 how many objects were deleted.

 What  RCLSTG2 does is to gather all  of the appropriate information and
 add a record to a file that can be displayed or printed.

 Commands supported

       RCLSTG2      Front end to RCLSTG
       DSPRCLHST    Display or print RCLSTG2 history
       MTNRCLHST    Maintain old RCLSTG2 information


 MTNRCLHST is used to  remove old RCLSTG2 history  when it is no  longer
 needed.   You  must  have all  rights  to the  RCLSTGHSTP  file to  use
 MTNRCLHST.   The  RTNDAYS parameter may  be used  to describe  how many
 days of RCLSTG2 results you  want to retain.   The default is 3  years.

 A typical command would be:


 MTNRCLHST  attempts  to  create  a  temporary  file   by  the  name  of
 RCLSTGHST2  in QGPL.   If the  file does  not exist  it is  created and
 copied  to with the  records from RCLSTGHSTP that  are greater than the
 retention date  calculated from  the  RTNDAYS parameter.   The  smaller
 file  is then  copied back  to  replace RCLSTGHSTP  and the  RCLSTGHST2
 file is deleted.

 If  the RCLSTGHST2 file exists, the  command will not run.   If this is
 your file intended  for some other  purpose, the file  must be  renamed
 or you must perform your own maintenance of RCLSTGHSTP.

 If  the  file  was  created  from a  previous  use  of  MTNRCLHST,  the
 previous  command  did  not complete  normally.    You should  manually
 review the information in both RCLSTGHSTP  and RCLSTGHST2.  You may  be
 able to just delete RCLSTGHST2 and then use MTNRCLHST again.

 RCLSTG2 escape messages you can monitor for

       TAA9896    The system is not in the restricted state.

 DSPRCLHST escape messages you can monitor for


 MTNRCLHST escape messages you can monitor for

       TAA9893    The retention date will cause all records
                     to be removed.  Use CLRPFM instead.

 RCLSTG Discussion

 RCLSTG is not very well  understood in terms of what it  does and there
 is no  good method of  estimating how long  it will take.   The command
 has several functions such as:

      - Rebuilding the system internal cross reference files
      - Ensuring addressability to all objects
      - Ensuring all objects are owned
      - Ensuring all members are connected to a file
      - Ensuring all IFS directory entries and objects exist

 RCLSTG  will place objects into the QRCL  library for your review if it
 cannot  determine where  they  should  belong.   Some  objects  may  be
 deleted (such as if a temporary object was found).

 Only  the single  function  of 'Rebuilding  the  system internal  cross
 reference  files'  can  be  broken out  and  done  separately  (See the
 SELECT parameter).   This function  is rarely  needed, but  if run,  it
 must  run to  completion.   During an  install  of a  new release,  the
 cross  reference files must be  correct.  If  not, you may  be asked to
 run this  piece  of  reclaim before  you  can  do the  install.    This
 function is  generally a minor part  of a full  RCLSTG in terms  of the
 time required.

 The  rest of RCLSTG  can require a  very long  time on a  large system.
 The major factors that influence the time required are:

         - How much main store exists
         - How many objects exist
         - How many IFS objects exist

 One  of the major reasons  for RCLSTG was to  reclaim the space used by
 objects in  QTEMP if  a system  abnormal termination  occurred.   These
 were  retained  by the  system,  but had  no  connecting  links.   This
 problem  was  solved some  time  ago (during  the V1  releases)  and no
 longer represents  a valid reason  to run  RCLSTG.   QTEMP objects  are
 now automatically cleaned up by the system.

 Many  of the  problems  corrected or  found by  RCLSTG  are related  to
 abnormal  system  terminations.    If  you  rarely experience  abnormal
 terminations, it is probable that  RCLSTG will find very few  problems.

 If you have  a small system  and sufficient dedicated system  time, you
 may want to  run RCLSTG to provide a reassurance  that the system is in
 synch and any problems are found.

 If  you  have a  large system  and cannot  afford the  dedicated system
 time,   you  should   avoid   running   RCLSTG  unless   your   service
 representative recommends it.

 RCLSTG2 Command parameters                            *CMD

 RCLSTG2 is  a front end to  RCLSTG to allow capturing  of the important
 RCLSTG  information  which is  placed in  a  file (RCLSTGHSTP  in QGPL)
 that can  be displayed  or  printed.   You must  be authorized  to  the
 TAARCLSTG2 authorization list to use RCLSTG2.

    SELECT        What  reclaim functions  to select.    The default  is

                  *QDBXREF  may  be  specified  to  rebuild  the  system
                  internal cross reference files.

                  *DIR may be  specified to rebuild  only the  directory

    OMIT          What  reclaim  functions  to omit.    The  default  is

                  *QDBXREF  may be specified  to omit the  rebuilding of
                  the system internal cross reference files.

                  *DIR  may  be specified  to  omit the  rebuild  of the
                  directory function.

    ASPDEV        The ASP  device or  group.   *SYSBAS  is the  default.
                  This describes system ASP and ASPs 2-32.

                  A specific ASP device or group may be named.

 DSPRCLHST Command parameters                          *CMD

 DSPRCLHST displays or prints the results of RCLSTG2.

    VERSION       What   RCLSTG2  version   to  print.     If   you  are
                  displaying  the  results,  this  parameter is  ignored
                  and   the   most   recent   RCLSTG2   information   is
                  displayed.   You may  roll to  other uses  of RCLSTG2.
                  If you  are printing the results,  *ALL is the default
                  to print  one page  for each  set of  RCLSTG2  results
                  found.  The results are printed in LIFO order.

                  If  you are  printing  the  results, you  may  specify
                  *LAST to print only the last use of RCLSTG2.

    OUTPUT        How  to output the  results.   The default is  * which
                  will  cause a display of the  last RCLSTG2 use if used
                  interactively.   If in batch  or *PRINT is  specified,
                  the results will be printed.

 MTNRCLHST Command parameters                          *CMD

 MTNRCLHST maintains  the RCLSTGHSTP  file to allow  old versions  to be
 removed.   You  must  have all  rights to  the  RCLSTGHSTP file  to use

    RTNDAYS       The number  of days  to  retain RCLSTG2  records  for.
                  The  default   is  1096  which   allows  3   years  of
                  information to  be retained.  Any  records for RCLSTG2
                  dates prior  to the  number of  retain days,  will  be

                  The value must be between 1 and 80,000.

    DLTTSTRCD     A *YES/*NO value  for whether test records  (caused by
                  the  testing  function described  previously)  will be
                  deleted  from  the  file.    The  default  is  *YES to
                  delete the  test  records.   This avoids  seeing  them
                  when  DSPRCLHST is  displayed.   This applies  only to
                  records added after November of 2002.

                  *NO may be specified to retain the test records.


 You  must be  authorized to  the TAARCLSTG2  authorization list  to use

 You must have all rights to the RCLSTGHSTP file to use MTNRCLHST.


 The following TAA Tools must be on your system:

      ADDDAT          Add date
      CHKRSDSTE       Check restricted state
      CLCDATDIF3      Calculate date difference 3
      CLCTIMDIF       Calculate time difference
      CVTQHST         Convert QHST
      EDTVAR          Edit variable
      RTVDAT          Retrieve date
      RTVOBJCNT       Retrieve object count
      RTVRELID        Retrieve release ID
      RTVSYSSTS       Retrieve system status
      RTVSYSVAL3      Retrieve system value 3
      SNDCOMPMSG      Send completion message
      SNDESCMSG       Send escape message


 None, the tool is ready to use.

 To help ensure that RCLSTG  is not used (instead of RCLSTG2),  consider
 revoking all authority to the RCLSTG2 command.

 Objects used by the tool

    Object        Type    Attribute      Src member    Src file
    ------        ----    ---------      ----------    ----------

    RCLSTG2       *CMD                   TAARCLA       QATTCMD
    DSPRCLHST     *CMD                   TAARCLA2      QATTCMD
    MTNRCLHST     *CMD                   TAARCLA3      QATTCMD
    DLTRCLTST     *CMD                   TAARCLA4      QATTCMD
    TAARCLAC      *PGM       CLP         TAARCLAC      QATTCL
    TAARCLAC2     *PGM       CLP         TAARCLAC2     QATTCL
    TAARCLAC3     *PGM       CLP         TAARCLAC3     QATTCL
    TAARCLAR      *PGM       RPG         TAARCLAR      QATTRPG
    TAARCLAR22    *PGM       RPG         TAARCLAR22    QATTRPG
    TAARCLAR23    *PGM       RPG         TAARCLAR23    QATTRPG
    TAARCLAD      *FILE      DSPF        TAARCLAD      QATTDDS
    TAARCLAP      *FILE      PF          TAARCLAP      QATTDDS


 RCLSTG2     Cmd
    TAARCLAC   CL pgm
      TAARCLAR   RPG Pgm

    TAARCLAC2   CL pgm
      TAARCLAR22  RPG Pgm       Print pgm
      TAARCLAR23  RPG Pgm       Dsp pgm
        TAARCLAD    Dsp file

    TAARCLAC3   CL pgm

Added to TAA Productivity Tools September 15, 2000

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