Marist, TSO, and ISPF Guide

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6 Advanced Features

6.1 Configuring QWS3270 to Remember Marist Information

Instead of typing the Marist information everytime for the QWS3270 connection prompt, this information can be added to a configuration file. That way, the correct Marist information will be displayed everytime QWS3270 starts.

To do this, open the folder containering your QWS3270.exe file. Open the file called qws3270.ini. In this file there are two lines that should be changed.

HOSTNAME=zos.kctr.marist.edu
PORT=1023

After you make these changes, save the file. Now QWS3270 will always start with the correct information.

Screenshot of QWS3270 Host Dialog box

QWS3270 will now start with these settings by default.

6.2 Splitting the ISPF Window

It is also possible to use two ISPF screens at once. This can be useful to have a data set open in one window, while viewing the output of the data set in another window. To do this, Press the F2 key. You will notice that there are now two windows being displayed within the terminal editor. By further pressing the F2 button, the size of the current window can be changed. By pressing the F9 button, the window with focus is changed. By using F9, you switch which window is larger.

To quit one of the windows, keep pressing the F3 key, until you arrive at the ISPF main menu for that window. If you press F3 once more, the entire window will disappear.

ISPF split feature

An example of two split windows. If you press F9, the window with the primary focus will switch

ISPF split feature, second screenshot

In both of these images, the same window is represented within the large red box.

6.3 Getting ISPF Help

If you are ever confused about something within ISPF, press the F1 key. This will bring up context sensitive help depending on what screen you are on.

ISPF help menu

The ISPF help screen for editing a data set.

6.4 Using ISPF Top Level Menus

At the top of most screens there are a series of menus which can be accessed to change some settings regarding ISPF.

selecting the ISPF top level menu option.

Use the arrow keys or the tab key to move up to this top menu. By pressing enter when the cursor is on a menu option, a submenu will pop up.

opening the ISPF top level menu option

By pressing Enter on the "Menu" option, we see that more options have appeared. Each option controls various ISPF settings. See the ISPF help for more information about a particular setting

6.4.1 Turning Off Logging Through Top Level Menu

Normally when you exit the program, a menu appears asking what you would like to do with your session history. Normally, you just want to delete this file. ISPF can be set to automatically delete this file. Then you won't be bothered with the popup screen when you attempt to quit.

Open the Menu option as described above.

selecting settings from ISPF top level menu option

Position the cursor adjacent to settings and press enter.

The primary options screen for ISPF settings is here. One interesting parameter is the position of the command line. By removing the slash under "Command line at bottom", the command line will move to the top of all the screens.

selecting the log / list option from the top level menu

Position the cursor on "Log/List" and press enter.

the options available under the log/list menu

Position the cursor next to "1. Log Data set defauts" and press enter.

insert the number two in log data set defaults screen to not see the pop when you exit ispf

In the Process option field, enter the number 2 and press enter. From now on, you will not see the screen asking what you want to do with the session history.

6.5 ISPF Editor Undo

By default, the undo command is off in the ISPF editor. Like in word processing software, the undo command will remove the last change you made and replace it with what was originally there.

To add the undo feature, first open a data set. In the command bar, type "Recovery On" and press enter. This will allow you to use the undo command. (It will also remove the annoying warning message.)

To use the undo feature, select the Edit menu option at the top of the screen. Then select option 2, "Undo". The undo will then be processed.