System Fields

As you perform your user activities, the CICS® Interface displays several system fields with current information about your data, updates of system information, and responses to your Processes. The system fields include the following:

Field Description
DATE The 8-character DATE field contains the system date expressed as month, day, and year (MM/DD/YY) and occurs in the upper right corner of the screen.
TIME The 8-character TIME field contains the system time expressed as hours, minutes, and seconds (HH:MM:SS) and occurs in the upper right corner of the screen.
ESF MODE The 8-character ESF MODE field occurs in the upper right corner of the screen, and contains the ESF MODE flag in the event that the DTF is not working, and you are working under ESF. If the field contains the flag ESF MODE, you are working under ESF; if the field is blank, you are working with the DTF. A blank field indicates normal operation.
NODE The 16-character NODE field, displayed in the upper right corner of the screen, contains the name of your connected node.
MESSAGE The 75-character MESSAGE field occurs near the bottom of the screen. It contains the system messages associated with the success or failure of your CICS Interface activities. CICS Interface messages that can occur during normal operations are listed in Product Messages .
Note: Some messages issued by the CICS Interface are actually Connect:Direct® for z/OS® messages (inquire with your administrator about the IBM® Connect:Direct message file, or select option MD from the PRIMARY MENU to exercise the MESSAGE DISPLAY screen features, or select PF2 to view the LAST MESSAGE screen).