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May 1996: Volume 11, Number 5

Find Forgotten Objects in Production Libraries

By Debbie Gallagher

hen reviewing reports of storage used on your AS/400, do you ever wonder if the figures for production libraries really ought to be so great? Is it possible that extra file copies reside there, or perhaps some one-time program objects?

You could use command DSPLIB to find out exactly what's there. However, the objects likely to catch your attention on the listing are those with unusual object names. You could save a lot of time by creating a report that prints only the non-standard object names.

Standard Object Names

My assumption is that when you create objects destined for production libraries, you use a standard name format.

For example, I am going to assume that for Accounts Payable, your standard physical file names include APPVN and APPDT. The first two characters are AP for Accounts Payable, the third character is P for Physical file, and the fourth and fifth characters identify the file (VN for Vendor Number, and DT for Detail).

Let's say that you also use standard names for your Accounts Payable programs, such as AP123CLP and AP456RPG. The first two characters are AP for Accounts Payable, the third to fifth characters are a program number, and characters six to eight indicate the program type.

Non-Standard Names

If you see file names such as COPY_VN, DT_9605, and APPVN_SAV or program names like @AP789RPG, AP123CLP_X, and FIX_VN, you suspect immediately that they are not legitimate production objects.

Since these non-standard names are the objects most likely to not belong in the production library, it is helpful to create a report that prints only the objects that have non-standard names.

Identify the Standards

If the standards being used are not already documented, figure out what the pattern is for the various object types that interest you.

Create a File

Create a file of object descriptions (using command DSPOBJD) for the library or libraries that you want to review. (Note: In January 1996, I described a method for creating a file of object descriptions to monitor storage. If you used that method, simply use the file created by that process, instead of creating a new one.)

Query - Create Result Fields

Create a query. Use result fields with substring expressions to break the object name into its components. In the outfile created by DSPOBJD, the field for the object name is ODOBNM. For the physical file example, the result fields needed are:

Result Expression

PFX    substr(odobnm,1,2)
PL     substr(odobnm,3,1)
FILE   substr(odobnm,4,2)
ENDF   substr(odobnm,6,5)

For the program example, the result fields needed are:

Result Expression

PFX    substr(odobnm,1,2)
PGMNO  substr(odobnm,3,3)
ATTR   substr(odobnm,6,3)
ENDP   substr(odobnm,9,2)

For substring expressions, the parentheses contain three items: first, the field to substring; second, the first character of the field to use; and third, the number of characters to include in the result field.

Query - Select Records

Use the select records feature of query to find objects which have non-standard names. For example, for physical files, the select records tests are:

OR  PL  NE  'P'
OR  ENDF  NE  '        '

For programs, the select tests are:

OR ENDP NE '    '

Query - Create Reports

Because result fields and select records tests were used in the query, your report will include only those objects which have non-standard object names.

Your query can be used to create reports by object type, by user that created the object, by object size, or by any other sort method that you find helpful.

Investigate and Follow Up

Investigate the objects which appear on the report, to determine if they are production objects or not. Some (or many?) objects reported will be those which were renamed or copied by your programmers, who intended to remove them in just a few days, and then forgot.

This same technique can be used for any object type for which you use standard names in your applications. It can also be used in development and test environments, as well as production libraries.

Now, can you persuade your programmers to help you clean up the objects you found? T < G