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At a glance

Eliminates the system requirement of re-assembling the FCT when a new file is introduced

Increase CICS startup performance

Statistical reporting

Audit control

Duplicate key isolation

Schedule file deactivation


FCT administration

CICS/FCTD produces all file labels and file assignments needed by CICS, eliminating the time consuming coding of entries in the CICS File Control Table (FCT) and re-assembly of the CICS-FCT each time a new file is introduced.

Hot FCT updates to CICS

CICS/FCTD allows CICS to remain up when introducing a new file to the system by eliminating the down time required to re-initialize CICS in order to bring a new file on-line to CICS.

Increase CICS performance

Allows CICS to start-up significantly faster since files do not need to be opened initially.

Mitigate CICS downtime

Eliminates scheduling problems associated with CICS down time.

File availability

Reduces overall application development time because files can be immediately made available for testing.

Reduce CICS resource utilization

Resources required by CICS for file processing need only be allocated at the time of a request to open a file.

Increase productivity

Increases the productivity of CICS system personnel through a menu-driven interface, with "window-type" help screens that guide the creation and maintenance of file entries.

Automated file deactivation

Automatically closes and deactivates files that have not been used for a specified interval of time, thereby freeing the resources that were tied up by an inactive file.

Schedule file close

Allows files to be automatically closed at a specified time of day.

Easy file maintenance

Control over files is easily maintained.

File Audit

Complete file status and file definition information is instantly available for inquiry or authorized modification.

Status code

Frees operators from opening and closing files to applications. Files can be given various status codes to eliminate the need for any operator intervention.

BDAM integrity

Will not abnormally terminate CICS if a BDAM file is opened that was improperly defined or not found on disk (DOS users).

Batch capability

Allows on-line files to be opened or closed from a batch partition or region.

Transaction/program disablement

Allows transactions and programs associated with a file to be disabled when the file is closed and enabled when the file is opened.

File statistics and reporting

Provides complete reporting of file definitions with up-to-the-minute statistical information.

Support for remote file definitions

Supports most types of file definitions, including remote file definitions.

Online file manipulation

Display, alter, add, delete or browse file records of any file in CICS with the file service functions.

Hex view and update facility

Data records are displayed in both hex and character, allowing changes to be made in either mode.

Record search

Search data records for the presence of a hex or character string.

Search using LOCATE

Search an entire file using the LOCATE function and construct queries using Boolean logic. Selected records can be displayed, modified, deleted, added to another file, or printed.

Online record reformatting

Reformat data records on-line using the LOCATE function.

Duplicate key isolation

Isolate duplicate key data using the LOCATE function.

Non-numeric search

Find non-numeric data fields with the LOCATE function.

Extend variable length records

Change the length of variable-length records with the file service functions.

Sequential file administration

Display, update and search sequential files.

Batch interface

Vary service requests for files to UPDATE or NOUPDATE through the Batch Interface program.

Documentation and help facility

Extensive help system with detailed displays for every field displayed by the FCTD system.

System requirements

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