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Mainframe  MVS  FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)

This FAQ is a collection of answers to some of the common Mainframe MVS questions, which tend to pop-up from time to time.  The answers (however trivial they might be) get easily forgotten in the day-to-day routine, and sometimes they are hard to find in the seemingly endless and often confusing labyrinths of the MVS documentation.  However, when you need the answer, it might be a burning issue, and a desperate search under pressure can be quite stressful and frustrating.

My brother Victor and I have been collecting those answers for several decades and it seems it's about time to select the most important information from all of our scattered notes into one FAQ which will be hyperlinked for the ease of use, and will be accessible from anywhere and by anybody who might have interest in it.  However, this selection is not compiled for the Web only rather it's our working reference, which we try to maintain as accurate and current as possible.  As such it inevitably will always lack an overall integrity and completeness, yet it is still a rather useful tool that often saves time.

Most of the questions originated from a real-life experience of a professional mainframe programmer.  Most of the answers were found (or verified) in the MVS documentation (lately in the IBM Book Manager) or on-line Help.  Every answer was checked to the best of our competence, and as a rule was tested by many years of repeated usage.  This is not to suggest that it is in any way guaranteed to be error-free you will be using any advice you pick from this FAQ entirely at your own risk, and will be completely responsible yourself for any problems that might arise from this usage.  So when trying an advice, please exercise the common sense precautions, and test it most thoroughly yourself before applying it to anything serious.

This legal mantra been chanted, I want to mention that all error reports and any comments about this FAQ are most welcome, and I'll try to do my best to fix any known problem as quick as I'll be able to do this.

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