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System Display and Search Facility

The following is a collection of suggestions for using SDSF to be more productive. They provide answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

 How do I:
Display output for all jobs on the H panel?    Enter prefix ** then h or enter prefix then h all.
Allow another user to browse my job? On the H or O panel, overtype the DEST column with the user's userid.
Display the current settings for filters and sorting? Enter set display to see the owner, prefix, destination, sorting and filters in effect. Enter a command followed by ? to query other current values. For example, to see the current setting for FINDLIM, enter findlim ?
Display only jobs I need? Enter filter ? to display the Filter pop-up, which lets you filter on up to 25 columns. Enter s followed by a job number or jobname jobid to display a specific job. Other filters include owner, dest, and prefix.
See only condition codes for a job? See the MAX-RC column on the H, O and ST panels. You can also use the SDSF/ISPF macro, ISFESUM, while using ISPF edit.
See jobs that could be anywhere in the system? Enter st to display the Status panel.
Monitor system usage? Enter sort cpu% d on the DA panel to keep an eye on jobs with the highest CPU use.
Review system commands and responses for your own SDSF session? Enter ulog to display the Ulog panel. The Ulog panel is like a private SYSLOG for your session. It shows system commands and responses, including those generated for you by SDSF action characters and overtypes.
Tailor the SDSF panels? End users can arrange columns by typing arr ? to display the Arrange pop-up. They can also enter set screen and use theSet Screen Characteristics pop-up to:
  • Set the color, highlighting, and intensity on their own panels
  • Turn display of the action bar on or off
See just the JCL for a job? Enter sj next to the job to put you in an ISPF edit session for the JCL.
Print with just a few keystrokes? Use the x action characters from a tabular display:
  • x prints output data sets.
  • xd displays a panel for opening a print data set, then performs the print.
  • xs displays a panel for opening sysout, then performs the print.
  • xf displays a panel for opening a print file, then performs the print.

Add c to any of the x action characters to close the print file when printing is complete. For example, xdc displays a panel for opening a print data set, prints to the data set, and closes the print data set.

Find out more about the CPU fields on the DA panel? From the DA panel, press F1 to access help, then select option 4, Help on Fields. Press Enter to move through the panels. For more information on any highlighted phrase, tab to the phrase and press F1.
Work with individual data sets for a job? Access the JDS panel with the ? action character. There you can do such things as browse, print, release, and change the class of individual data sets.
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