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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • ENQ contention can occur for a DB2 archive tape after DB2 uses
    the tape and is waiting for the deallocation time to expire.
    When DB2 needs a tape device for read of an archive tape, and
    the maximum count specified in the zparm DSN6LOGP MAXRTU field
    hs been reached, DB2 can reuse a drive that is waiting for the
    time interval DEALLCT to expire.
    This condition does not occur if the time interval DEALLCT is
    set to zero.
    GRS contention report will show the allocation.
    DB2 -display archive command will not show the tape volume.

Local fix

  • Set DSN6LOGP DEALLCT to zero in zparm.

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED: All users of DB2 with archive log data       *
    *                 sets on tape volumes.                        *
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: An ENQ on SYSZVOLS for an archive log   *
    *                      data set tape volume can be left        *
    *                      allocated to the DB2_MSTR address       *
    *                      space after the archive log data set    *
    *                      has been closed and deallocated.        *
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    If DB2 reaches the maximum tape unit count allocated for
    archive read processing (DSN6LOGP MAXRTU parm in DSNZPARM),
    DSNJR206 will look for allocated tape volumes that are in
    the delayed deallocation process (DSN6LOGP DEALLCT parm in
    DSNZPARM).  If any tape volumes are in delayed deallocation,
    DB2 will 'steal' the tape unit by modifying the JFCB with the
    new archive log data set information and issuing an OPEN-J
    for this archive log.  The original archive volume will be
    closed and unloaded, allowing the new archive log volume
    to be opened on the allocated tape unit.  Even though the
    tape volume has been unloaded, the ENQ on SYSZVOLS for the
    archive log tape volume is not released, apparently because
    DB2 runs authorized.

Problem conclusion

  • DB2 will now mark an archive log data set in delayed
    deallocation as 'expired', so it will be deallocated
    when DB2 has reached the maximum archive tape unit count.  This
    will allow the new archive log tape read request to be honored
    after the 'expired' archive log tape unit has been
    Recommendation:  Only use the delayed deallocation option
    when you know there will be multiple requests for the same
    archive log tape volume.  Data sharing users may not want to
    use this option as it can cause requests from other members
    of the group to wait for the archive log volume while in
    delayed deallocation.  Also, make sure that the maximum
    archive tape unit count is sufficiently large to prevent
    unnecessary queuing for tape units.  Both options can be
    modified with the -SET ARCHIVE command for this instance of
    DB2.  The values in DSNZPARM will be used when DB2 is

Temporary fix


APAR Information

  • APAR number


  • Reported component name

    DB2 OS/390 & Z/

  • Reported component ID


  • Reported release


  • Status


  • PE




  • Special Attention


  • Submitted date


  • Closed date


  • Last modified date


  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

    UK46655 UK46656


  • DSNJR206 DSNJR208

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    DB2 OS/390 & Z/

  • Fixed component ID


Applicable component levels

  • R810 PSY UK46655

       UP09/05/30 P F905

  • R910 PSY UK46656

       UP09/05/30 P F905

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Document Information

Modified date:
01 June 2009