The Jobs view

The Jobs view lists the completed and running jobs that you are authorized to view and that match the job name prefix and owner ID that you specify. The number of jobs you can see in the view depends on the JESENTRYLIMIT value that is set in the FTP server; the default value is 200. You can expand a job in the view to show the ddnames that are associated with the spool files, and open the spool files in an editor view to show the content.

Since z/OS® Explorer Version 3.0.1, you can update the status of a selected job in the job view when you press Refresh or F5 on the job. If a job spool is opened in an editor for that particular job, the job spool is also updated with the latest entries.

Before you can view any jobs, you must be connected to an FTP server on your host system. For more information about configuring system connections, see the related links.

To view jobs, enter the job name prefix in the Job Name field and the owner ID in the User field, then press Enter. You can use one or more wildcards in the Job Name or User fields to refine the results. You can use the following wildcard:
A single asterisk indicates that at least one character must occupy that position. A single asterisk in the field indicates that zero or more characters can occupy that position. For example:
  • USER290* finds data sets that start with USER290 and that have any character in position eight, for example, USER290A or USER290B.
  • USER* finds data sets that start with USER and that have one or more following characters, for example, USER270, USER280, or USER290.

If JESINTERFACELEVEL is set to 1, the FTP server can retrieve jobs for the signed-on user and for job names starting with the user name only. Therefore, in the Jobs view, the Job Name field is set to the user ID with a trailing *, which is not editable, and the User field is set to the user ID, which is not editable. A job cannot be expanded because the FTP server cannot return a list of the ddnames if JESINTERFACELEVEL is set to 1. However, you can open the complete job spool, and see the ddnames and the output for each step that combined together.

The Jobs view shows the same information as when you view jobs in the Held Output Queue in ISPF and use the same job name prefix. You can click the Menu icon The Menu icon and choose to display all jobs or only output, active, or input jobs.

To copy the fully qualified name of one or more jobs, select the required jobs from the list, right-click, then click Copy Qualified Name. The names are copied to the clipboard and are available for you to paste to the destination you require, for example an editor or another window.

Each job is indicated by an icon. The following table lists the icons available in this view:
Table 1. Job icons
Icon Description
The icon for a job. The Job icon. The icon is followed by the Job name and the Job ID.
The job icon is decorated with the error overlay, a red X. The icon for a job that has not run successfully.
The job icon is decorated with the active overlay, a green arrowhead. The icon for a job that is running.