What the Universal Batch Utility does

The primary purpose of this utility is to support the cloning of existing objects. For example, suppose you have a series of report definitions that all have names beginning with the string of letters ABC, and you want to clone the data, but change the names of the clones to begin with DEF. UBU allows you to extract all report definitions with names beginning ABC, and copy all of the extracted data to a list in a flat file. Then, using a custom-developed program, you can edit the output flat file and change the string ‘ABC’ in the names to ‘DEF’, and specify ADD for each object changed. The modified output file can then be used as input to UBU, which then adds the new object definitions to the Output Manager database, resulting in clones of ABC with the names DEF.