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About This Guide

This guide contains instructions for configuring and using Micro Focus Databridge Flat File Client. This preface includes information to help you use this guide.

This guide complements the information found in the Databridge Client Administrator's Guide. Most of the information in that guide also applies to the Flat File Client, so rather than repeat the information in both guides, we will often refer you to the Databridge Client Administrator's Guide for information.

Use this guide with either the command-line or service-controlled Flat File Client. For information specific to the service-controlled Client, see the following topics in the Databridge Client Administrator's Guide or go to the Help menu in the Databridge Administrative Console and search for these topics:

  • Using the Administrative Console and the Service

  • Automating Client Operations with the Service

To install, configure, and run Databridge, you should be a system administrator familiar with the following:

  • Standard Unisys┬« operations for MCP-hosted mainframes such as the CS7xxx series, Libra series, ClearPath┬« NX/LX or A Series

  • DMSII databases and Data And Structure Definition Language (DASDL)

  • File layouts and the description of those layouts for the files you will be replicating


The following conventions and terms may be used in this guide.

This convention Is used to indicate this
menu > sub menu 1 > sub menu 2 ... > menu item (item) This font style/color shows mouse-clicks in the order required to access a specific function, window, dialog box, etc.

The greater than symbol > indicates the next item to click in the series.

The parentheses ( ) indicate the setting, option, or parameter being discussed. Note the font style reverts back to normal.
this type style text that you type, filenames and directory names, onscreen messages
italic variables, emphasis, document titles
square brackets ( [ ] ) optional items in a command. For example, [ true | false ]. (Do not type the brackets.)

Buttons. For example, [OK], [Start], [Cancel]
pipe ( | ) a choice between items in a command or parameter. When enclosed in braces ( { } ), the choice is mandatory.
UPPERCASE DMSII data set and data item names, buttons to click. For example, CANCEL, OK, APPLY.
This term Is used to indicate this
MCP server host mainframe Unisys ClearPath NX, LX or A Series mainframe
DBEngine Databridge Engine on the mainframe
DBEnterprise Databridge Enterprise Server
DBServer Databridge Server on the mainframe


The following abbreviations are used throughout this guide and are provided here for quick reference.

Abbreviation Name
AA Absolute Address
ABSN Audit Block Serial Number
AFN Audit File Number
API Application Programming Interface
DASDL Data and Structure Definition Language
DMSII Data Management System II
IDX Index
IPC Inter-Process Communications
MCP Master Control Program
RPC Remote Procedure Call
SEG Segment
WFL Work Flow Language

When using Databridge, you may need to consult the following resources.

Databridge product documentation On the Databridge installation image, the DOCS folder contains guides for installation, error codes, and administrator's guides for each Databridge product. These documents require Adobe Reader for viewing, which you can download from the Adobe website. This documentation, and current technical notes, is also available on the Support and Services site.

Documentation for Databridge Enterprise Server and the Databridge Client Console is also available from the Help menu. A modern browser is required for viewing this documentation.
Unisys MCP server documentation If you are not completely familiar with DMSII configuration, refer to your Unisys documentation.