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Why there is a necessity to specify the
REGION parameter in a JCL step?

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Answer : To override the REGION defined at
the JOB card level REGION specifies the max
region size REGION=0K or 0M or omitting
REGION means no limit will be applied
Explain what does the TIME parameter signify
in JCL ? Can you also tell what TIME=1440
mean ?

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Answer : TIME parameter can be used to overcome S322 abends for programs that
genuinely need more CPU time TIME=1440 means no CPU time limit is to be applied to this
step
What do you mean by COND=EVEN ?
Answer : Means execute this step even if any of the previous steps, terminated abnormally
What do you mean by COND=ONLY ?
Answer : Means execute this step only if any of the previous steps, terminated abnormally

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Can you tell how can you check the syntax of a JCL without running it?
Answer : TYPERUN=SCAN on the JOB card or use JSCAN

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Explain what does IEBGENER do in JCL?
Answer : IEBGENER  is used to copy one SAM File to another Source Data Set should be
described using SYSUT1 ddname Destination Data Set should be described using SYSUT2
IEBGENR can also do some reformatting of data by supplying control cards via SYSIN
Explain how will you send the output of a COBOL program to a member of a PDS?

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Answer : Code the DSN as pds(member) with a DISP of SHR The DISP applies to the pds and
not to a specific member.
Can you code instream data in a PROC ?
Answer : No, we cannot code.

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Answer : One way is to code SYSIN DD DUMMY in the PROC, and then override this from the

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How can you run a COBOL batch program from a JCL? How do you run a COBOL/DB2

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Answer : To run a non DB2 program, //STEP001 EXEC PGM=MYPROG To run a DB2 program,

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//STEP001 EXEC PGM=IKJEFT01 //SYSTSIN DD * DSN SYSTEM() RUN PROGRAM(MYPROG)

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What is STEPLIB and JOBLIB in JCL? Explain its usage?

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Answer : Specifies that the private library (or libraries) specified should be searched before

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the default system libraries in order to locate a program to be executed STEPLIB applies

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only to the particular step, JOBLIB to all steps in the job

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