Tapes don't Scratch using RETPD control.

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Article ID: 221745

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Products

CA 1 Tape Management

Issue/Introduction

We have 4 individual systems sharing a single TMC.  Catalogs are not shared across the systems.

TMSCLEAN executes on 1 LPAR with the SCRATCHLIST parm. The output from TMSCLEAN SCRATCHLIST is then fed into TMSUNCAT jobs on the other 3 systems to clean up any catalog entries.

However retention period volumes (RETPD) are not expiring. They are not appearing on the TMSCLEAN output.

Currently our PPOPTION file has the following:

UNCATA  YES    

OCTLG   NO     

RP 5

RPGDG   CATALOG

SCRCAT  NO 

 

Cause

Using OCTLG=NO is preventing tapes using RETPD control from being scratched as they have datasets in the OS catalog. 

Environment

Release : 14.0

Component : CA 1 Tape Management

Resolution

If using OCTLG=NO you need to specify SCRCAT=YES to have tapes using RETPD control to scratch.

Additional Information

Refer "Retention Options" in the TMOOPTxx member in the documentation here.