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The conman showjobs function has been enhanced to retrieve the return code information for a given job. The default showjobs output has been adjusted to include an additional column for the return code.

Also, a new argument retcod, when used in conjunction with the keys argument, will give the return code for a specified job

$ conman sj chatham#daily_db_load.dbseload\;keys\;retcod


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sj chatham#daily_db_load.dbseload;keys;retcod


The retcod feature may not at first appear overly useful, but when integrated into  a script, it can become quite powerful.


Delimiters and special characters

The following characters have special meanings in Conman commands:

Char. Description
& Command delimiter. See Running conman.
+ A delimiter used to select objects for commands. It adds an attribute the object must have. For example:
~ A delimiter used to select objects for commands. It adds an attribute the object must not have. For example:
; Argument delimiter. For example:
, Repetition and range delimiter. For example:
= Value delimiter. For example:
: ! Command prefixes that pass the command on to the system. These prefixes are optional; if Conman does not recognize the command, it is passed automatically to the system. For example:
!ls or :ls
<<>> Comment brackets. For example:
sj @#@.@ <<comment>>
* Comment prefix. The prefix must be the first character on a command line or following a command delimiter. For example:


sj& *comment
> Redirects command output to a file and overwrites the contents of the file. If the file does not exist, it is created. For example:
sj> joblist
>> Redirects command output to a file and appends the output to the end of file. If the file does not exist, it is created. For example:
sj >> joblist
| Pipes command output to a system command or process. The system command is run whether or not output is generated. For example:
sj| grep ABEND
|| Pipes command output to a system command or process. The system command is not run if there is no output. For example:
sj || grep ABEND


List of commands

The following table lists the Conman command set. Command names and keywords can be entered in either uppercase or lowercase characters, and can be abbreviated to as few leading characters as are needed to distinguish them from each other. Some of the command names also have short forms.


Command Short Form Description Type1 Page
adddep adj | ads Adds job or job stream dependencies. M,F adddep job,  adddep sched
altpass   Alters a User object definition password. M,F altpass
altpri ap Alters job or job stream priorities. M,F altpri
cancel cj | cs Cancels a job or a job stream. M,F deldep job, cancel sched
confirm   Confirms job completion. M,F confirm
console   Assigns the IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler console. M,F,A console
continue   Ignores the next error. M,F,A continue
deldep ddj | dds Deletes job or job stream dependencies. M,F release job, deldep sched
display df | dj | ds Displays files, jobs, and job streams. M,F,A2 display
exit   Terminates Conman. M,F,A exit
fence   Sets IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler job fence. M,F,A fence
help5   Displays command information. M,F,A help
kill   Stops an executing job. M,F kill
limit lc | ls Changes a workstation or job stream job limit. M,F,A3 limit cpu, limit sched
link lk Opens workstation links. M,F,A link
listsym   Displays a list of Symphony log files. M,F listsym
recall rc Displays prompt messages. M,F recall
redo   Edits the previous command. M,F,A redo
release rj | rs Releases job or job stream dependencies. M,F cancel job, release sched
reply   Replies to prompt message. M,F reply
rerun rr Reruns a job. M,F rerun
resource   Changes the number of resource units. M,F resource
setsym   Selects a Symphony log file. M,F setsym
showcpus sc Displays workstation and link information. M,F,A showcpus
showdomain   Displays domain information. M,F,A showdomain
showfiles sf Displays information about files. M,F showfiles
showjobs sj Displays information about jobs. M,F showjobs
showprompts sp Displays information about prompts. M,F showprompts
showresources sr Displays information about resources. M,F showresources
showschedules ss Displays information about job streams. M,F showschedules
shutdown   Stops IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler production processes. M,F,A shutdown
start   Starts IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler production processes. M,F,A start
status   Displays IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler production status. M,F,A status
stop   Stops IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler production processes. M,F,A stop
stop ;progressive   Stops IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler production processes hierarchically.   stop ;progressive
submit sbd |
sbf |
sbj |

Submits a command, file, job, or job stream. M,F,A4 submit docommand,
submit file,
submit job,
submit sched
switchmgr   Switches the domain manager. M,F switchmgr
sys-command   Sends a command to the system. M,F,A system
tellop to Sends a message to the console. M,F,A tellop
unlink   Closes workstation links. M,F,A unlink
version v Displays Conman's command line program banner. M,F,A version
  1. Workstation types: domain managers (M), fault-tolerant agents (F), standard agents (A).
  2. You can display only files on a standard agent.
  3. You can change the limit of only jobs launched on a standard agent workstation.
  4. You can use submit job (sbj) and submit sched (sbs) on a standard agent only if the mozart directory on the master domain manager is accessible to the standard agent.
  5. Not available on supported Windows platforms.

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Cleanup Commands: do not do in production:

ResetPlan -scratch


Get things started after reset (only on a new setup):


Set limit:


lc ;10

Do a test command job from conman:

sbd "ls";logon=batch

Do a test script job from conman:

sbf "/path/to/";logon=batch

Do this when resetting plan for the day and do not want to extend (if there is a problem)

JnextPlan -for 0000 # To not extend the plan (i.e. just reset for today)

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