This is an example of a COBOL program and JCL that will create and process a Generation Data Group or GDG on a Mainframe System with ZOS or a Linux. Generation Data Groups (GDGs) are group of datasets related to each other by a common name. The common name is referred as GDG base and each dataset. JCL & VSAM: Hi all, I want to know the major difference between the dataset and GDG. reagrds akshatha.

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For example, the data mainfram name LAB. If we update this dataset, to create the next generation, the generation number becomes GV This means, all the generations within the GDG follow, the same record format, the gdh record length, the same block size etc.

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The other way, we can access generations is by using relative referencing. Preparing the application programs will require the transfer of source members that will be compiled and deployed on the target platform. New system-managed data sets are always cataloged when allocated, with the volume assigned from a storage group.

What is a GDG?

Again, for the next generation, the generation number will be GV00, and so on In that case, the dataset in the procedure can be overridden in the JCL.

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Rest all remains the maindrame, just like we create an ordinary dataset. We reserve the right to make changes without notice at any time.

The two zeroes on the end of the name are used to represent a volume number that is used when the file is stored on media requiring the use of multiple volumes. Copyright IBM Corporation The document may be used assist as a tutorial for new programmers or as a quick reference for experienced programmers.


If any of the GDG versions are set with an expiration date which is yet to expire, then those are not deleted and hence the GDG base is retained.

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Thus, we can access datasets within a GDG in 2 ways: What is GDG Model?

JCL – Defining Datasets

The first group of documents may be available from a local system or via an internet connection, the second group of documents will require an internet connection. JCL referenced the GDG as a group the output file should have all six records each of the individual data sets associated with the GDG has two 2 records.

The relative name is a signed integer used to refer to the latest 0the next to the latest -1and so forth, generation. The SimoTime Home Page. An EMPTY parameter specifies that when the limit is reached the three 3 current files will be deleted and the process will start again with the new file. Submit the jobs described in steps and review the results. The operating system’s catalog management routines gdy the absolute generation name.

The preceding job should be used with caution. Outdated or obsolete generations can be automatically deleted by the operating system. The individual files within a group have a generation number added to the end of the name to make each file name unique. Here, we have kept limit as 3. Define a GDG Base.

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IBM MAINFRAME: Diff between a GDG and a dataset

In a standardised JCL, the program to be executed and its related datasets are placed within a maiframe procedure, which is called in the JCL. Mmainframe can specify any no. The DSN value can be made up of sub-names each of 1 to 8 characters length, separated by periods and of total length of 44 characters alphanumeric. How to access a particular generation? Current Server or Internet Access. For new non-system-managed data sets, if you do not specify a volume and the data set is not opened, the system does not catalog the data set.

Program Input and Output. If the attributes and organizations of all generations in a group are identical, the generations can be retrieved together as a single data set.

JCL Defining Datasets

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GV00, then it leads to changing the JCL every time before execution. Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software, documentation or training material for any purpose requires a fee to be paid to SimoTime Technologies.

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