Useful notes

Review the following miscellaneous notes:

Using special characters in object names

The ISPF editor command line can fail to accept some character sequences when you specify a QMF object name as a parameter for the COPY, MOVE, CREATE, REPLACE, and SAVEAS commands. Combinations of strings that are enclosed in quotation marks or special characters that cannot be parsed on the ISPF command line can cause the procedure failure. You can bypass this restriction by entering a blank parameter to launch the editor object name prompt panel and entering the object name there.

Saving empty or zero-length objects

Use the standard QMF SAVE command to save empty (zero-length) objects by automatically saving a blank line to the QMF catalog. The QMF Enhanced Editor re-creates this behavior by also adding a blank line when it saves any objects that have no data records.

The QMF temporary storage area

The QMF temporary storage area contains data for the current query or procedure object. This area is updated by the SAVE command or when you end the editor after data changes. If the object is named, the QMF catalog is also updated. The CREATE, MOVE, REPLACE, and SAVEAS commands read and write only to the QMF catalog and do not update the QMF temporary storage area.

Editing large objects

When editing very large queries or procedures, it is possible that a specification will fail, either due to insufficient TSO user region, or to a QMF failure. A message is displayed warning you that the current object data is too large to be processed. If an object fails to save for this reason, it is strongly suggested that you attempt to immediately resave the object again with less data to avoid the possibility of a truncated or otherwise corrupted object remaining in the QMF catalog.