Viewing and changing file properties

For any of the files in a data set, you can view and modify properties of the file.

About this task

You can view and change the properties of a file in the zFile information panel.


  1. On the Source Control panel, enter an I next to the member or file for which to view or change the file properties.
  2. On the zFile information panel, you can specify the following properties.
    Code page
    If the file you are editing must be displayed in a particular code page in the Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) client, set the code page in this field. The file is stored by using default code page of the repository, which is normally UTF-8. The file is converted to the local EBCDIC code page when it is transferred to z/OS. If the code page property exists and you want to delete the current code page property, enter a forward slash (/) next to Code Page.
    Binary mode
    To store the selected file in the repository as a binary file, enter a forward slash (/) next to Binary mode. The line delimiter file property is set to None (Binary) and the MIME Type property is set to application/unknown.
    Ignore Changes
    To not include the file during a dependency build as a change, enter a forward slash (/) next to Ignore Changes.
    Always Load
    To always load this file during dependency builds, enter a forward slash (/) next to Always Load. You do not have to load an entire repository workspace when you run a build. You can load only those files in the dependency set of the programs to be built. If a file you need is not a part of one of those dependency sets, select Always load during dependency build.
    User Variables
    To specify or change file-specific values for a variable that is specified in a translator, enter a forward slash (/) next to User Variables. If a translator accepts a user variable to specify the TEST option on a compilation, set the user variable to turn on the TEST option for just this file. For more information about translator variables, see Creating a z/OS language definition.
    Language Definition
    Displays the language definition associated with the member when the member is built. If there is a language definition associated with the file extension, that language definition is displayed.

    To change the associated language definition, enter 1 next to the language definition. You can browse and select from a list of language definitions.

    To clear the associated language definition, enter 2 next to the language definition.

  3. When you finish entering properties in the zFile information panel, press F3 to process the properties or F12 to cancel the properties and return to the Specify zFile Extensions/Properties panel.
    When you return to the Source Control panel, the SCM column contains an asterisk (*). The asterisk (*) indicates that you must check in the file property changes.