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MVS/Quickref for Z/OS
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SLEEP TIGHT: instead of driving to the office, get instant access to MVS/QuickRef's 107,000,000 lines of z/OS reference materials. MVS/QuickRef's simple, easy to understand information helps you resolve 97% of the problems affecting z/OS, CICS, DB/2, IDMS, ADABAS, JCL, JES, COBOL. It has the answers to MVS abend codes, z/OS error messages plus 1,260 software products from IBM, CA, BMC and 72 other independent software vendors.

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About Chicago-Soft

Privately-held Chicago-Soft, Ltd., develops and markets productivity and management software for mainframe, Windows and web-based corporate systems. In the simplest terms, Chicago-Soft's software helps computer programmers, systems analysts and network administrators manage their corporate system's operations in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner. For more information regarding the company you can visit their website here.



MVS/QuickRef is Chicago-Soft's online quick reference tool for ISPF and CA-ROSCOE users under the z/OS operating system. MVS/QuickRef enables you to invoke it over the active ISPF application, get a quick answer to a z/OS-related question, then terminate it without affecting the active ISPF application.

Why do I need MVS/QuickRef?

It saves you time and money! You no longer need to stop work at your PC to look up a message or abend code in a manual or find the proper manual to look in. The most frequently needed z/OS reference information is instantly displayed by MVS/QuickRef in a concise and easy-to-read format.

What reference information is available?

Explanatory and recommended action information for the following MVS, OS/390 and z/OS related areas is included:

Assembler Language Syntax
CICS Messages and Codes
C/C++Language Syntax
Command Syntax
COBOL Language Syntax
TSO/E CLIST Language Syntax Description
DB2 Messages and Codes
JCL and JES2/JES3 JECL Statement Syntax
IBM Utilities Syntax and Usage Examples
IMS Messages and Codes
CICS Command Syntax
IMS Utility Information
ISPF Messages, Service Descriptions & Variable Descriptions
MQSeries Messages
Netview Messages & Codes
z/OS Data Areas Descriptions
z/OS SMF Record Mappings
z/OS SVC Number Descriptions
z/OS DYNALLOC Return Codes
IPCS Messages and Codes
RMF Messages
z/OS Messages and Abend Codes Descriptions
z/OS UNIX Messages & Codes
z/OS UNIX Command Syntax
SQL Codes
SQL Statements Syntax
z/OS Wait Code Description
MVS, OS/390, z/OS, JES2 & JES3
DB2 Admin & Utility Guides
PL/1 Language Syntax
REXX language Syntax
SMP/E Messages
VTAM Messages
VTAM Console Command Descriptions
z/OS TCP/IP Messages
z/OS TCP/IP Codes
z/OS Console Command Descriptions

As of MVS/QuickRef R7.0, the MVS/QuickRef data base contains information on 449 unique IBM products comprising 1155 unique product releases, and also 819 unique ISV products comprising 1348 releases from 74 ISVs.

How is the MVS/QuickRef database organized?

Low resource usage and lightning-fast response time are key features of MVS/QuickRef. Reference data is stored in a direct access file that's read using the EXCP access method. The file format used is proprietary and is fully compatible with IBM's System Managed Storage (SMS) facility. MVS/QuickRef's data base appears to be a sequential file to z/OS and can be treated and processed as such using standard z/OS utilities.

How much DASD space is needed for the reference database?

For MVS/QuickRef R7.0, about 24,000 3390 DASD tracks are needed to store over 90 million lines of reference information for more than 4.1 million distinct, selectable items. Information in the data base is stored in a compressed format, gaining 58% DASD space savings over a non-compressed format. Using the selective install feature any unneeded portion of the data base can be discarded to save DASD.

How long does it take to install MVS/QuickRef?

Installation takes less than 2 hours by unloading six files from the distribution tape. A simple modification to the ISPF command table (ISPCMDS) or an ISPF SITE command table makes MVS/QuickRef instantly available from any panel with two keystrokes. MVS/QuickRef does not execute APF authorized and uses no direct "hooks". Once installed, updates can be installed in about 30 minutes by unloading the new database.

What other features does MVS/QuickRef offer?

MVS/QuickRef contains a CUT and PASTE feature, a QPRINT command to print selected items to SYSOUT or a DASD file, a TEXTMARK feature to mark your place in an item or item list and return directly to it later, DASD free space lookup and reporting, a complete user data base feature you can use to store your own reference information, a SEARCH command used as an aid in locating specific words, a direct program interface, built-in security features, and support for batch execution. Left and right scrolling is now supported. Other features include:

Automatic Selection List Processing
Automatic FINDCODE Processing
Automatic Lookup
Product Category Selection Panel
Batch Commands
Cursor-driven Invocation
Getnext Based on Content
Getnext Based on Cursor Position
QWS Invocation Command
Automatic Lookup Based on Text Content
Operating System Level Selection List Processing
User-Directed Selection List Processing

How can MVS/QuickRef be used?

When browsing the output from a batch job or the system log using any ISPF application, you can place the cursor on a message number or non-blank field on the display screen, press a PF key, and MVS/QuickRef will instantly pop-up on top of the current application, displaying a description for the item. Cryptic message or abend codes no longer have to be "show stoppers" - MVS/QuickRef's reference information will always include a recommended action to solve the problem.

When editing a CLIST, program, or JCL using ISPF EDIT, MVS/QuickRef is again just a keystroke away and provides a quick description for CLIST and REXX language elements, Assembler, PL/1, VS COBOL II and C language elements, and JCL or JECL keywords. You can use the CUT and PASTE feature to cut examples of programming language verbs or JCL keywords and then paste them directly into your data set, saving time and minimizing errors.

If you can't find enough DASD free space, MVS/QuickRef will do it for you. You can request a free space display for one volume, a list of all volumes with similar Volser prefixes, all volumes in a particular unit name group, or all volumes mounted with a particular attribute. SMS and non-SMS volumes can also be reported on if desired, as can SMS storage groups. All DASD space information can be sorted on any one of 17 data fields, and all information can be printed to SYSOUT or a DASD file.

The User Data Base Facility lets you store local, unique reference text (or any text) in a user data base and then access it using the rapid access characteristics of the product. Information ideal for inclusion in your user data base could include local job class or SYSOUT class standards, local JCL standards, tape handling procedures and instructions, telephone number lists, local user abend code descriptions or any other information you need to maintain and access online quickly.

What are MVS/QuickRef's System Requirements?

MVS/QuickRef executes on z/OS systems. ISPF Version 2.1 or higher is required, or CA/ROSCOE Release 5.7 or higher. To use the cursor-driven invocation feature of MVS/QuickRef, TSO/E 2.1 is required. If you are using z/OS V1R3 or higher, you have met all of these prerequisites and you can use MVS/QuickRef on your system.

For an even more detailed view and explanation of Chicago-soft's MVS/Quickref product visit this page.

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Breaking news regarding any customer who use the following products:

DLM Control Center, Space Recovery System, Allocation Control Center and Simulate-2000

IBM z/OS 1.12 no longer honours the unprotected page bit for nucleus storage backed by large pages. The DIF memory update routine has been modified to use DAT OFF updates when necessary.

Note: z/OS 1.12 installations must upgrade to at least SCC SL10202 to run any of the above products.

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