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What is primary allocation for a Data Set?

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Answer : The space allocated when the Data
Set is first created .
What is the difference between primary and
secondary allocations for a Data Set?
Answer : Secondary allocation is done when
more space is required than what has already

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How many extents are possible for a Sequential File ? For a VSAM File ?
Answer : 16 extents on a volume for a Sequential File and 123 for a VSAM File
What does a disposition of (NEW,CATLG,DELETE) mean?
Answer : That this is a new Data Set and needs to be allocated, to CATLG the Data Set if the
step is successful and to delete the Data Set if the step abends.
What does a disposition of (NEW,CATLG,KEEP) mean?

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Answer : That this is a new Data Set and needs to be allocated, to CATLG the Data Set if the
step is successful and to KEEP but not CATLG the Data Set if the step abends Thus if the

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step abends, the Data Set would not be catalogued and we would need to supply the Vol ser

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How do you access a File that had a disposition of KEEP?
Answer : Need to supply volume serial no VOL=SER=xxxx MOD,DELETE

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What does a disposition of (,DELETE) mean ?
Answer : The MOD will cause the Data Set to be created (if it does not exist), and then the

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two DELETE will cause the Data Set to be deleted whether the step abends or not This
disposition is used to clear out a Data Set at the beginning of a job
What is the DD statement for a output File?
Answer : Unless allocated earlier, will have the following parameters: DISP=
(NEW,CATLG,DELETE), UNIT , SPACE & DCB

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What do you do if you do not want to keep all the space allocated to a Data Set?

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Answer : Specify the parameter RLSE ( release ) in the SPACE. Eg: SPACE=(CYL,

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What is DISP=(NEW,PASS,DELETE)?

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Answer : This is a new File and create it, if the step terminates normally, pass it to the

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subsequent steps and if step abends, delete it This Data Set will not exist beyond the JCL

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How do you create a temporary Data Set? Where will you use them?

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Answer : Temporary Data Sets can be created either by not specifying any DSNAME or by

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specifying the temporary File indicator as in DSN=&&TEMP We use them to carry the output

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of one step to another step in the same job The Data Set will not be retained once the job

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Max of 16 extents already allocated RELATED POSTS http://www.aired. SE37 abends? Answer : All indicate Data Set out of space. if you already have a Data Set with dsn = 'xxxxyyyy' and u try to create one with disp new. SD37 . SE37 . you would get this error the program open and write would go through and at the end of the step the system would try to put it in the system catalog at this point since an entry already exists the catlg would fail and give this message you can fix the problem by deleting/uncataloging the first data set and going to the volume where the new Data Set exists(this info is in the msglog of the job) and cataloging it What is 'S0C7' abend? Answer : Caused by invalid data in a numeric field What is a S0C4 error ? Answer : Storage violation error .in/2009/09/jcl­interview­questions­and­answers.catlg. SB37 .no secondary allocation was specified.can be due to various reasons eg: READING a File that is not open.html 2/3 .end of vol and no further volumes specified. PARM have to be overridden like this How do you override a specific DDNAME/SYSIN in PROC from a JCL? Answer : // DSN= What is NOTCAT 2? Answer : This is an MVS message indicating that a duplicate catalog entry exists Eg. invalid address referenced due to subscript error What are SD37.3/27/2015 JCL Interview Questions and Answers Project Manager SAP ABAP How do you restart a proc from a particular step? Siebel Answer : In job card.CONDstepname=value All parameters on an EXEC stmt in the proc such as COND. SB37. specify RESTART=proc step step name where procstep = name of the VSAM jcl step that invoked the proc and stepname = name of the proc step where you want execution to start FRESHERS INTERVIEW How do you skip a particular step in a proc/JOB? Answer : Can use either condition codes or use the jcl control statement IF (only in ESA Computer Science JCL) A PROC has five steps Step 3 has a condition code How can you override/nullify this TOOLS HTML to XML Parser HTML Table generator condition code? Answer : Provide the override on the EXEC stmt in the JCL as follows: //STEP001 EXEC procname.

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