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ILE Debugger (STRDBG) and Screen Size

When we use the 5250 ILE Debugger interface (waiting for a Debugger for VsCode or a faster version of the excellent Rdi debugger) we often find ourselves having to “fight” with the screen size that does not go beyond 80 characters, risking not to see part of the code or not to see the full name of a variable.

As explained in this 2018 post by Simon Hutchinson on RPGPGM.COM ( Using an Environment Variable to set the width of the debug scree n), we can work on a specific environment variable and set it for our current JOB or in general for all to enhance it at the System level:

Only for this particular job ADDENVVAR ENVVAR (ILE_DEBUGGER_1) VALUE (ALLOW_WIDE_SCREEN) LEVEL (* JOB) or for all the developers / debuggers on this system ADDENVVAR ENVVAR (ILE_DEBUGGER_1) VALUE (ALLOW_WIDE_SCREEN) SYVEL (* SYVEL) LEVEL

Finally, we can also see the whole line of an RPG Free or Full Free source with over 80 characters:

From this:

to something like this:

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, if you want to learn more about the topic, read this post (Using an Environment Variable to set the width of the debug screen ) by Simon Hutchinson on RPGPGM.COM:

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