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Error trying to read tape - S813-04 ABEND


Article ID: 198163


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CA 1 Tape Management CA 1 Tape Management - Copycat Utility CA 1 Tape Management - Add-On Options TLMS Tape Management


Currently, I am receiving the following error when trying to read a few tapes:

IEF233A M 0226,111111,,DT#EABC,COPY3,DRY.IBM.PROD.DATA.T0000  
IEC149I 813-04,IFG0195H,DT#EABC,COPY3,SORTIN,0126,111111,  531


Release : 14.0

Component : CA 1 Tape Management / CA-TLMS


The Dataset in JCL doesn't match the IBM standard labels on the tape.


The way a physical volume and IBM VTS volume differ in the way the data is deleted after it is scratched. With the old physical volumes, you could turn the volume to a non-scratch within CA-Tape management and if the volume had not been reused, you could read the data back in.

In an IBM VTS a scratch command from CA-Tape Management or OAM will set the scratch indicator on within the Tape Library Manager. The data/volume will remain intact until the IBM VTS option EXPIRE is met. If the option is set to 24 hours, the data from the volume will be deleted and a new IBM Standard label will be written. If you try and read the volume, you will most likely see a S813/613 abend as the dataset in the JCL doesn’t match the IBM HDR1/HDR2. You can run the following JCL to dump the label of the tape:

//STEP1 EXEC PGM=IEBGENER                                         

//SYSPRINT DD SYSOUT=*                                            

//SYSOUT   DD SYSOUT=*                                            

//SYSIN    DD DUMMY                                               

//SYSUT1  DD DSN=WHERE.IS.MY.DATA,                        

//        DISP=SHR,LABEL=(1,BLP,EXPDT=98000),                     



If the SYSUT2 has the following, a new SL label has been written and there is very little chance in the recovery of the data from that tape:





More information on the IBM EXPIRE HOLD parm:

EXPIRE HOLD and low on scratch tapes in TS7760T, TS7760C, TS7740, or TS7720T The EXPIRE HOLD option is used to ensure that a logical volume that is sent to the SCRATCH pool cannot be reused or deleted before the grace period that is specified as the EXPIRE time has passed. This fact can sometimes create a problem where the library might run out of available volumes to satisfy mount requests to write new data. If the EXPIRE time has been set too long and there are not enough logical volumes being released to keep a healthy level of SCRATCH volumes available, it might be necessary to reduce the EXPIRE time. However, this change affects only new volumes that are going into the SCRATCH pool. The existing volumes in the pool continue to be held until the original EXPIRE time has passed. However, if EXPIRE HOLD is cleared, these volumes can then be added to the candidate list for SCRATCH mounts. Therefore, clearing the EXPIRE HOLD option immediately helps to alleviate the low on scratch condition, but it no longer protects data that has inadvertently been sent to SCRATCH. The recovery of user data on volumes in the SCRATCH pool might no longer be certain.


10.3.2 EXPIRE HOLD and cache utilization in TS7760D or TS7720D When the EXPIRE HOLD option is enabled, the cache in a TS7700 is used up in part by holding data from logical volumes that have been sent to the SCRATCH pool. In addition to the risk of running out of logical volumes to mount, there is a risk of running out of cache in a TS7760D or TS7720D when AUTOREMOVAL is not enabled. Again, EXPIRE time should be considered, and if a TS7760D or TS7720D is consistently running high on cache utilization, adjust this EXPIRE time. In this case, the clearing of the EXPIRE HOLD setting does not immediately alleviate the high cache utilization condition. The effect of disabling the EXPIRE HOLD from the cache perspective is to enable volumes in the SCRATCH pool to begin entering the candidate list for expire delete processing. Once per hour, a task runs in the library that processes some number of volumes from this list, and reduces cache utilization by deleting the expired volumes from cache. The number of volumes that are deleted per hour is by default 1000. The number of volumes that are moved to this candidate list is customizable (1000 - 2000), and is controlled by using the LI REQ,composite-library,SETTING,DELEXP,COUNT,value command that is described in 10.1.3, “Host Console Request function” on page 592. For more information, see IBM TS7700 Series z/OS Host Command Line Request User's Guide, WP101091:

The EXPIRE time is the grace period that enables the recovery of the data in the case of procedural error. Careful consideration needs to be made to ensure that this value is long enough to allow for such errors to be detected, and the data recovered, before the DELETE EXPIRE process removes the logical volume permanently