Update January, 05 – 2020
This is not intended to be a guide to the IBM ACS Access Client Solution product … but simply a collection of FAQs, special things, interesting and maybe even already known.
It’s an ongoing guide so we invite you to suggest other tricks, methods or interesting things using the comments part below.
Data transfer (.dtf) and conversion with ACS
You can convert to the new .dtfx format from the old .dtf format using the following menu sequeza from an ACS 5250 emulation session:
- Actions – Data Transfer From (or to) IBM i
- Actions – Data Transfer Migration
- Enter the .dtf file and convert it to a .dtfx format that is compatible with ACS
iACS-FAQ002: SQL Script – SQL0952 Error 10
Working with SQL from the ACS SQL-Script function is absolutely more convenient than STRSQL, we have no doubt. As it is, in effect, a batch job, it may present some problems when the SQL statement requires a response to a message and in STRSQL enviroment it’s not a problem.
Let’s take as an example the classic query message when we try to drop a column from a table: CPA32B2 The modification of the MYTABLE file can cause the loss of data (C I) … How do we respond from SQL-Script to ACS?
The answer is … let’s respond to the system with the default answer (ADDRPYLE) and setting the JOB for the automatic answer (CHGJOB INQMSGRPY(*SYSRPYL)) … let’s see an example:
-- Let's create an example table create table qtemp.mytable ( field1 char(15) not null default '', field2 char(50) not null default '', field3 decimal(21, 4) not null default 0); -- Inserto some records insert into qtemp.mytable (field1, field2, field3) values('A', 'AA', 1), ('B', 'BB', 2); -- If we try to drop a column we get an error --- Message: [SQL0952] Processing of the SQL statement ended. Reason code 10. --- 10 -- A cancel reply to an inquiry message was received. alter table qtemp.mytable drop column field1; -- Now we can add a default reply to the message and set our job for "auto-answer" CL: ADDRPYLE SEQNBR(1500) MSGID(CPA32B2) RPY('I'); CL: CHGJOB INQMSGRPY(*SYSRPYL); alter table qtemp.mytable drop column field1; -- Ok
iACS-FAQ003: Abbinare i files .HOD ad ACS
When you install ACS there’s no automatic association from .hod file and IBM i ACS. No problems, in this Jesse Gorzinski video you can see how to do it.
iACS-FAQ004: Autocomplete (Assistant) and ACS “Run Script SQL”
From ACS version 188.8.131.52 (December 2019) we have a great SQL Assistant … an Autocomplete function better than F4 function on STRSQL. I just record a Youtube video, only in Italian, I’m sorry : “ACS 184.108.40.206 SQL Script Assistant ! (Video)“
iACS-FAQ005: Reinstall ACS and select components
When you reinstall a new ACS version the installation script didn’t ask for components but update only components previously installed.
If you need different component you have to run the installation script with /Reset parameter
If you are on Windows… from the Prompt run a command like this, changing version 32/64 and installation type single/alluser:
Or you can build a link to the script and change the destination with “/reset” parameter at the end, as you can see in the image.
iACS-FAQ006: ACS Customization and deployment
If you need to customize ACS installation for your company’s users have a look at this guide:
iACS-FAQ007: Create XLS with ACS Data Transfer Tool Plugin in batch-mode from IBM i !
We all know we can use ACS Data Transfer Tool to export file and SQL result from IBM i to our PC/Mac … but not everyone knows that we can call the ACS Jar (acsbundle.jar) directly from IBM i and do greats tuffs in a batch job …. Have a look at this good example by Scott Forstie: create and send an XLSX file from IBM
iACS-FAQ008: IBM ACS: Check for updates
Every time we get a new IBM ACS version we can find a lot of new interesting features for our daily job.
With the last 220.127.116.11 version (2019, December) we have the ACS core runtime as a system PTF and let our device check for updates directly from our central system:
First of all we need to install the PTF for our IBM i OS version:
Those PTFs will install a zip file with the last version of ACS Runtime (in this IFS directory /QIBM/proddata/Access/ACS/Base
Now we have to add this propriety to every single device on our network in the “acsConfig.properties” file
OK, now we can click on the “Check for updates” option of the ACS help menu (?)--- Roberto De Pedrini Faq400.com