The CA TLMS Pattern Masking feature provides a method to identify and select data sets based on a mask, or pattern. A pattern is a character string consisting of a combination of alphanumeric characters into which may be incorporated special characters that perform unique masking operations during match and compare functions. Patterns can be sorted in a most to least-specific order to ensure the accuracy of a match.
With the introduction of the pattern masking RMF in CA TLMS 12.6, certain special characters are now treated as pattern masking characters.
The pattern masking characters are "?, !, #, @, *, and -".
The following are examples of the errors when trying to delete a RMF rule in which there is a special character in the DSN() or the OWNER() fields:
DELRTN DSN(BKUP.DAILY.FM-) +
CAT3391E RECORD FOR DELRTN IS NOT IN THE RMF
CAT3307I NO UPDATES DUE TO ERRORS
CAT3308I END OF RMF UPDATE REPORT RC =?08
How to bypass this error?
The issue is with the "-" in one of the operand nodes (the 3rd node for DSN() value and the 1st node for the OWNER() value) . The RMF update routine looks at the "-" in the DSN or OWNER as a pattern masking character when in fact it is not. Adding a backslash (\) in front of the "-"in the delete request will cause the delete routine to treat the "-" as an actual character.
This example will successfully delete an RMF rule with a special character within the DSN:
This example will successfully delete an RMF rule with a special character within the OWNER:
DELRTN DSN(ADSN.) OWNER(ADSN\-MANUAL)