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About Creating a Change Package

Using a series of ISPF panels, you enter information that describes the change package, and you set control parameters that determine how the package will behave during the rest of the package life cycle.

Change Man ZMF automatically copies additional control parameters from Global and Application Administration records on the package master to make your package follow the rules set up by your administrators at the ChangeMan ZMF instance level and at the application level.

When you have entered valid information in all required fields on all required Create Package panels, ChangeMan ZMF assigns a 10-character change package ID and writes package records to the package master file. The package ID consists of a four character application mnemonic (three characters and a blank if the application mnemonic has only three characters) and a six character package number, which is incremented by one for each new package in an application.

When your package has been successfully created, no application components are associated with your change package. Although your Application Administrator can set parameters that allocate staging libraries for some library types when your package is created, staging libraries for your package are usually not allocated until you check out components into your change package. However, even if staging libraries are allocated at create package, they are empty.