Tasks (for Experienced)

Creating a Backup Copy

  • IEBGENER is used to create a backup copy of a sequential data set or PDS or PDSE member.
  • IEBGENER can copy the data set or member to any output device (disk, tape etc.).
  • A data set that resides on a volume can be copied to its own volume.
Note! IEBGENER is used to process PDS members as sequential data sets and will not perform any directory entry processing.

Creating a PDS or PDSE from Sequential Input

  • IEBGENER can logically divide a sequential data set into record groups and assign member names to the record groups.
  • IEBGENER places the newly created members in an output PDS or PDSE.
  • IEBGENER can’t create a PDS or PDSE if an input or output data set contains spanned records.

Adding Members to a PDS or PDSE

  • IEBGENER can use to add members to a PDS or PDSE.
  • IEBGENER creates the members from sequential input and adds them to the data set.
  • In the merge operation, the ordering of the PDS or PDSE can be done automatically.

Changing Logical Record Length

  • IEBGENER is used to produce a reblocked output data set.
  • The output data set can contain either fixed-length or variable-length records with a logical record length different from the input logical record length.
  • Any unspecified fields will contain unpredictable data.

Creating an Edited Data Set

  • IEBGENER can create an edited sequential or PDS or PDSE.
  • IEBGENER can specify editing information that applies to a record, a group of records, selected groups of records, or an entire data set.

Below are scenarios when the edited dataset is created -

  • Rearranging or omitting defined data fields within a record.
  • Supplying literal information as replacement data.
  • Converting data from one format to another (i.e., packed decimal to unpacked decimal mode, unpacked decimal to packed decimal mode, or BCDIC to EBCDIC mode).
  • Adding or deleting shift-out/shift-in characters X'0E' and X'0F'.