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IEA705I FREEMAIN 878-18 during CICS startup when using FastPath Utilities for IMS

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Question

Why am I receiving a system completion code 878 in my CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V5.2 region? I have BMC's product FastPath Utilities for IMS.

During startup of CICS, I receive the following error messages multiple times:

 IEA705I ERROR DURING FREEMAIN SYS CODE = 878-18
 IEA995I SYMPTOM DUMP OUTPUT
 SYSTEM COMPLETION CODE=878  REASON CODE=00000018
  PSW AT TIME OF ERROR  070C1000   81551B96  ILC 2  INTC 0D
    AR/GR 0: 008822B0/84000000   1: 00000000/84878000
          2: 00000000/00000004   3: 04000000/0480E601
          4: 00000000/008822B0   5: 00000000/00000005
          6: 00000000/00FDA5F4   7: 00000000/00000878
          8: 00000000/00000018   9: 00000000/FFFF871A
          A: 00000000/7F126000   B: 00000000/00F65100
          C: 00000000/81551B5E   D: 00000000/7FF16008
          E: 00000000/BBC8D318   F: 04000000/00000018
  END OF SYMPTOM DUMP 

Answer

The 878 RC 18 indicates negative amount of storage was specified on the FREEMAIN request.

The following SLIP command was set to capture a dump at the time of the 878 abend:

 SLIP SET,COMP=878,A=SVCD,SDATA=(ALLNUC,        
  PSA,SQA,CSA,LPA,TRT,LSQA,RGN),JOBNAME=xxxx,END

You can enter IPCS command IP SYSTRACE to display the system trace in the slip dump taken of the the 878. Reviewing system trace shows it did not occur on a CICS TCB, but on an IMS TCB with entry point DFSPAT00.

Here is this freemain in system trace:

 WU-Addr- Ident  CD/D PSW----- Address-  Unique-1 Unique-2 Unique-3 
                                         Unique-4 Unique-5 Unique-6 
 00882518  PC     ...   7      3BC8D318              00311       -------> Freemain request <-------       
 00882518  SSRV   133          00000000  0480E601 00000000 7F4D3000 
                                         00C200FF                   
 00882518 *SVC      D 00000000_01551B96  00000018 84000000 84878000 
                      07041000 80000000                             

Next, you can enter option 1 from the IPCS primary option menu to Browse the dump data set starting at the PSW address from the FREEMAIN request (3BC8D318 in this case). Scrolling backwards until you find an eyecatcher, you will find the following BMC module eye catcher if you are experiencing the same problem:

  | .........................00u.PFX |     
  | DEPRE4.00          09/09/15-09.3 |     
  | 8 BQQ1113-BQQ1322-               |     
  |                    (C) COPYRIGHT |     
  |  192000,1915 BY BMC LICENSED PRO |     
  | PERTY OF BMC SOFTWARE, INC....}. |

Contact BMC for a resolution.

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Product Synonym

CICS/TS CICSTS CICS TS CICS Transaction Server

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Modified date:
23 March 2020

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