IBM AS400 Interview Questions
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difference between CHAIN and READE?


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Hello friends, i am new to AS/400. Can any one help me in AS/400 i meant say can you send me some FAQS and interview questions.

IBM, HanceInc,

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What is the benefit of using Externally Described files over Internally Described?

IBM, Patni,

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What is the difference between a Physical File & a Logical?

Accenture, IBM, ACS,

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What is SDA used for?

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What are Triggers?

Ordain Solutions, Seabus Solutions,

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Where would you use Override Data Base File?

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What controls which printer a report goes to?


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What are the values of NUM1 and NUM2 after executing the following code? CLONO1NO2NO3 Factorl÷÷+OpcdeFactor2+÷+ResultLenDHHiLoEq C MOVE *LOVAL NUM1 50 C MOVE *J-fIVAL NtJM2 52

IBM, Fiserv,

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1. Which Built-In-Function will you use to achieve the following functionality? CLONO1NO2NO3 Factorl÷÷+OpcdeFactor2++÷ResultLenDHHiLoEq C QTY IFLT *ZERO C QTY MULT -1 QTY C ENDIF a) %ABS b) %TRIM c) %TRIMS d) %UNS


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What is the significance of UDATE?


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A particular job executing on the iS is not behaving as expected and is operating in an environment in which it can be debugged. What commands would you use to debug and observe the program?


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What is the compilation option that has to he specified while compiling an RPC program which uses a file having date data type field?


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2. Which of the following statement(s) explains the difference(s) between the /INCLUDE and ICOPY directives? a.) No difference, they function the same b.) ACOPY cannot be used as a conditional directive c.) IINCLUDE files cannot contain embedded SQL d.) Nesting /TNCLUDE directives is not allowed


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3. Given the DOS Specification below and the following information: • Indicator 50 is off • No records have been written to the subfile What will be the result if the EXFMT operation code is performed on the record format CTLR? A R SUBFL A DESCRIP 101 6 1ODSPATR(UL) A DFT(’NOT FOUND’) A R CTLR SFLCTL(SUBFL) A N50 SFLDSP A SFLDSPCTL A SFLINZ A 67 SFIJEND A SFLSIZ(13) A SFLPAG(12) A ACCOUNTNO 100 S 10 a.) Only AccountNo will display b.) SUBFL will be initialized with 13 blank records c.) An I/O exception error will occur d.) The screen will display 12 records with ‘NOT FOUND’


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Un-Answered Questions { IBM AS400 }

all i need to know about cmpseqdat parameter in cmppfm, how it works and can we retrieve line sequence and date from the output?


RETRIVING DELETED RECORDS :- I'm frequently asked how to retrieve deleted records from an unjournaled physical file when the deleted records have not yet been removed from the file. Utility UNDEL lets you undelete records in a physical file. This public domain program is available in CISC and RISC versions, and the complete source code is available for download at: UNDEL for AS/400 Save File (RISC): UNDEL for AS/400 Save File (CISC): UNDEL for AS/400 Save File (Source code): The utility takes advantage of the fact that deleted records in physical files are only flagged as deleted, and the record data still exists until it is overwritten or the file is reorganized with a utility such as RGZPFM. UNDEL simply reads the deleted record, then reuses the record by writing over it with the new record (thus eliminating the flag for the deleted record). Some homegrown and commercial utilities copy the file containing undeleted records to a save file, then use a program to read the save file, which contains live and undeleted records, to a file to undelete the records. The UNDEL utility is superior to the SAVF technique because there's no need to copy the file to a save file, which is especially important for really large files. When run, UNDEL displays the physical file records in their unformatted, raw text form. You can either position the display to a given relative record number or use F19 or F20 to find the previous and next deleted record, respectively. The utility also includes online help, which is almost unheard of for free utilities. Other utilities include the ability to undelete records. You can use the RTVDLTRCD command in the old QUSRTOOL (no longer supported by IBM). QUSRTOOL is now a commercial product called TAA Productivity Tools ( ). The free file editor WRKDBF has a built-in undelete capability ( ), and several commercial file editors can undelete records. For a complete list of file editors, go to, select "Programmer Tools" under "Product Category," then select "File Editors."


define data structure?


Explain the input procedure?


Assume my file has 100 records and I want to see only first 10 records. Is this possible through lf?


Suppose I have a pf, it contains 5 members, how to access particular member data from logical file? What is the use of member in pf?


Explain the difference between section, paragraph and sentences?


How to see all record formats used in a file?


What is the syntax of sort?


Set on command is used for closed all opened files , initialize var and release resource , return cmd is used for return to calling program but my req. Is dnt close opened files and resource must released while doing transactions , how can i do this...?


How to debug a batch job when it is in messagewait(mswg) status. I know the steps for batch ebugging, but im confusing with when we submit any job for batch debug we put in held state. So here also do same thing or any other way?


Where the QTEMP library will get created? if the the answer is QSYS, then howcome more than one job can create same library name(QTEMP) in QSYS? what is the uniqueness of QTEMP? For example, run the below command in different workstation WRKOBJ QSYS/QTEMP And take 8 in the option to check the description. both will have different info. so where(which LIB) exactly the QTEMP is stored?


how will you add a field to physical file already containing data?


Service Program : S1 Modules in S1 : M1 M1 having two procedures : ADD, SUB Current Binder Language STRPGMEXP PGMLVL(*CURRENT) EXPORT SYMBOL("ADD") EXPORT SYMBOL("SUB") ENDPGMEXP Doubt: I need to add one new Module to the Service Program M2 having one procedure ‘MULT’ How to add this new module to the service program S1 ? If I need to recreate the service program again, Do I need to mention the Module M1 again while recreating along with new Module M2? There is no Binding Directory. Binder language structure will be like this STRPGMEXP PGMLVL(*CURRENT) EXPORT SYMBOL("ADD") EXPORT SYMBOL("SUB") EXPORT SYMBOL("MULT") ENDPGMEXP STRPGMEXP PGMLVL(*PREVIOUS) EXPORT SYMBOL("ADD") EXPORT SYMBOL("SUB") ENDPGMEXP


how many levels are there in a physical file?