Using PDS or PDSE as external trigger dataset
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Using PDS or PDSE as external trigger dataset


Article ID: 214903


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CA 7 Workload Automation


When defining a PDS or PDSE to the external tracking table (SASSXDSN), CA 7 only triggers the job if the PDS or PDSE is updated by a batch job. If I update the data set using TSO EDIT, CA 7 will not trigger the job. What causes this behavior?


Release : 12.0, 12.1

Component : CA-7


PERFORM option #6 specified on the INIT statement in the CA 7 initialization deck prevents CA 7 from processing SMF type 15 records for data sets with Organization of PO  (PDS or PDSE). CA 7 will received the SMF type 15 record, but it will discard it. 

To allow CA 7 to process SMF type 15 records for a PDS or PDSE, you would need to remove perform option 6 from the INIT statement below. 


We do not recommend this due to the possible amount of records that can be created by a PDS.



Additional Information

The reason this process work when using a batch job is the batch job will process the dataset as a sequential file and therefore the PDS indicator is not on in the SMF type 15 record and CA 7 will process it regardless of the PERFORM 6 option.