JCL Job card Positional parameters

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The parameters which are very specific to its position in JOB card called positional parameters.

Positional parameters information need for OS.

Positional parameters starts immediately after JOB operation specified.

Positional parameters starting position is 16th column.

Positional parameters are mandatory.

Positional parameters can be bypassed by using ‘,’ which informs the system that positional parameter bypassed.

Positional parameters are enclosed with parenthesis “()” and separated by Comma (,).

There are two positional parameters available in JOB.

  1. Accounting information
  2. Programmer name

Positional parameters should be coded in the above order and order should not be changed.


Accounting information:

Accounting information is describes about on which the processor time is billed.

Accounting information may be department or person.

It is purely company defined.

Most of the cases the value of Account information is number.

Accounting information may be a combination of one or more values.

Accounting information may vary from site to site or system to system.

Accounting information is mandatory in JOB card.

Accounting information enclosed with parenthesis “()”.

Accounting information also used to calculate the usage of CPU.

User can’t able to submit a JOB without accounting information in it.


Programmer name:

Programmer name is to identify the responsible for the job.

Programmer name might be single person or company.

It is optional.

It has of max length 20 characters.

Programmer name allows the combination of alphabets and numbers.

Programmer name is immediately after the accounting information.

It is preceded by a comma after accounting information and is enclosed within apostrophes.

Programmer name can be separated with Comma ‘,’ within apostrophes.

Programmer name can be used for accounting purpose.


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