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OUTDISP parameter

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Parameter type: Keyword, optional

Purpose: In a JES2 system, use the OUTDISP parameter to indicate the disposition of a sysout data set. You can code different dispositions based on whether the job completes successfully.

Considerations for an APPC scheduling environment: In an APPC scheduling environment, sysout data sets are treated as spin data sets. The system will process only the normal output disposition. If you code an abnormal output disposition, the system will check it for syntax and then ignore it.

If the automatic restart manager (ARM) restarts a job, JES discards all non-spin sysout data sets created during the previous execution. (You can avoid losing that output by adding SPIN=UNALLOC to the DD statement for the SYSOUT data set.)

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