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ISPF Client Messages

Each ISPF message can have two forms: a short message and a long message explanation. The short message (UNDEFINED LIBRARY TYPE in the following example) is automatically displayed in the upper right corner of the panel, overlaying any panel text in that area. The long message (at the bottom of the following example), which is more descriptive, is displayed when you press the PF1 HELP key after the short message appears.

CMNBRWB0           Baseline Browse/Print Facilit               UNDEFINED LIBRARY TYPE
Command ===>

Application . . . . . . ACTP             (Blank for list)
Library type . . . . . ABC               (Blank for list)
Library level . . . . . 0                (Baseline 0 to -n; Promotion 1 to n)
Component name . . . . _______________________________________________________ +

Enter "/" to select option
   _ Build member list from scan results
   _ Case sensitive

Records to select . . . 0               (0 = all)
From column . . . . . . 0               (0 = all)
To column . . . . . . . 0               (Max = 80)
Data string . . . . . ._____________________________________________

| CMN1079A - Undefined library type. Contact Local Admin. |


Most long messages begin with a message number. Use the message number to find an explanation for the message in this manual, or to request support from Micro Focus Customer Care.


In the message descriptions in this chapter, the short and long messages for a condition are separated by a vertical bar. Example: UNDEFINED LIBRARY TYPE | Undefined library type. Contact Local Admin.

Some long messages in the ISPF client are self-explanatory and do not include a message number:

CMNBRWB1             Browse/Print from SRC/lvl(0)                 INVALID SELECTION CODE
Command ===>__________________________________________________________Scroll ===> CSR

    Input dataset:

    Name      Status    Created     Changed          Size   Init  User
S   ACPSRC97            02.01    2002/05/07  2015/01/05 15:02   25    15    USER016
+--------------------------------------------------+    14:58   24    15    USER016
| Valid codes are: B, BS, C, D, H, P, V, VS and X. |    14:58   25     1    USER016
+--------------------------------------------------+    22:04   15    14    USER016
_ DENISE                01.03    2002/05/07  2015/01/05 00:45   34    23    USER016
_ PLIPGM01              02.00    2007/04/16  2015/01/05 14:58    6     6    USER016
_ PLIPGM1               02.00    2011/05/27  2015/01/05 14:58    6     6    USER016
_ TESTCO01              01.02    2002/05/07  2014/11/19 13:40   34    23    USER016
_ TEST0022              01.02    2012/07/01  2014/11/20 17:12    7     7    USER016
******************************* Bottom of data ********************************

Clearing ISPF Messages

The method used to clear the message depends on the type of screen displayed. Generally, ChangeMan ZMF follows ISPF standards. For example:

  • If the panel is table driven, you can press the [Enter], [End], scroll down, or scroll up keys.
  • If the panel is data-entry driven, you can reenter the information required in the panel, or you can cancel and exit by following the cancellation instructions listed on the panel.

In either type of panel, pressing the [PF1] key again (after displaying the long message) displays tutorial information for the current screen. You may find the tutorial information helpful when resolving an error message. ChangeMan ZMF lets you continue with other tutorial subjects or return to the originating screen by pressing the [END] key.

ISPF Messages In Activity Log

The text of some ZMF ISPF messages is included in the ChangeMan ZMF activity log file (CMNLOG), but this is restricted to the most important situations, such as when someone attempts to access a secured component. Example:

  • ISPF message

    CMN8492I - PYRCTL30.CTL is secured by rule - PYRCTL30.CTL.ACTP.

  • Log entry

    UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS 2011-01-03 14:26 USER240 ACTP000036

    PYRCTL30.CTL is secured by rule - PYRCTL30.CTL.ACTP.

ISPF Messages And XML Services

XML Services expose ZMF functions to user interfaces other than ISPF. Therefore, the short message that is characteristic of ISPF is de-emphasized in ZMF messages that are new since ZMF 7.1. The ISPF interface now displays ZMF messages in these formats:

  • Legacy ISPF format, with a short message at the upper right of the panel, and after you press PF1, a long message displayed under the Command line or in a pop-up box.
  • Generic format, with a generalized short message at the upper right of the panel, and after you press PF1, a long message displayed under the Command line or in a pop-up box.
  • Long message only, with no short message and with a long message displayed immediately under the Command line or in a pop-up box. PF1 is not required.

SERPRINT and SER10TY Messages

SERPRINT messages

Messages issued by ChangeMan ZMF server programs are displayed at ddname SERPRINT in the SERNET started task that runs your ChangeMan ZMF instance.

A subset of those messages are considered important for a data center operations department and are routed to the operator console.

SER10TY Messages

LIC* messages are documented in the SER10TY User Guide.