The following SYSVIEW commands can be used to display your current User settings for the Variable Length Masking (VLM) and the Fixed Length Masking (FLM) characters:
These masking characters are personal settings for display purposes only. You can set them to any character that you want using the SET VLM “your chosen character” or SET FLM “your chosen character” commands.
The distinction is how the masking (wildcard) characters are used to select Resources to apply the THRESH command defined threshold for.
Using VLM: PAY= will apply the threshold to all jobs starting with PAY for any valid length
PAY1, PAY123, PAYSUM, etc.
Using FLM: PAY* will apply the threshold to all jobs starting with PAY but only for jobs that
are FOUR characters in length i.e. PAY1, PAY2, PAY3, PAYA, PAYB, PAYC,
etc. Jobs like PAY123 will not have this threshold setting applied using the FLM mask
Note that if you use your personal settings to set up thresholds when you SAVE those settings to the SYSVIEW DataLibrary it will convert them to the VLM of = and the FLM of *.
Per the SYSVIEW product documentation, the PARMLIB and DATALIB settings must be:
Generic or wildcard definitions must be coded using the following variable and fixed mask characters:
So, if you create a threshold using the User definitions of VLM and FLM they will be converted to the VLM of = and the FLM of *.
- Variable length mask character - '='
- Fixed-length mask character - '*'