How to copy the contents of a catalog: IDCAMS

  • Post category:Catalog
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A very short one, but regularly asked by my mentees: how to copy the contents of a catalog? Just use IDCAMS’ REPRO facility, like you would for a regular VSAM dataset

//COPYCAT   EXEC PGM=IDCAMS                           
//SYSPRINT DD SYSOUT=*                         
//SYSIN    DD *                                      

//Pierre G

Copy members from one PDS(E) to another using the IEBCOPY utility

  • Post category:Utilities
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This JCL script shows how to copy members from one PDS library to another. 

I have retained the input file being tape in the original JCL script for nostalgic reasons only; you will unlike ever use this nowadays. As unlikely, you will be allocating the output dataset on a specific volume, so normally you could omit the VOL=SER= clause as well.

If you omit the S M= (SELECT MEMBER=) clauses, the entire content of the INDD input PDS will be copied to the OuTDD output PDS.

//STEP01   EXEC PGM=IEBCOPY                  
//SYSPRINT DD SYSOUT=*                        
//*         VOL=SER=R6868A,UNIT=CTAPE                    
//         VOL=SER=DASD1A,UNIT=SYSDA,SPACE=(9600,(240,30,20))
//SYSIN    DD *                                    
COPY INDD=INDOC,OUTDD=OUTDOC                       
S M=MEMBER1                                         
S M=MEMBER2                                        
S M=OTHERMEM                                       
S M=MEM4          

THe IEBCOPY is a simple copy utility but it has many many options, of which you will only practically use a fraction. The application above I think is the one you will use in 99% of occasions. The DFDMDdfp Utilities manual sums all the options up.