"OTHER" files are non-LANSA files maintained by another system. Before an OTHER file can be used by LANSA, it must be "made known" to LANSA. This can be done using the Bulk Load of OTHER files process described here, or as a single file process as described in 3.19 Load the Definition of a File NOT Maintained by LANSA.
As well as loading new definitions, you can use this process to update definitions that have already been loaded.
To enable this facility for a partition, you must use the LANSA Import facility and import from save file LS@BULKLOD.
The Bulk Load of OTHER files facility can be accessed from:
There are three simple steps in the bulk load (or update) process.
These steps are:
1. Specify the Library and a file name, or partial filename, of the OTHER files to be made known to LANSA. A list of files that match this criteria is created.
From the list of files that match the criteria in step 1, select the files for which the definitions are to be loaded or updated. You can also display the file details before you load them.
Specify the details to be used for the batch job that will load the definitions.
For full details on loading OTHER files, and factors you must consider, refer to 3.19 Load the Definition of a File NOT Maintained by LANSA.
When the Bulk load of OTHER files option is selected from either the File Control Menu or the Work with Files screen, you will be requested to specify the library and file(s) so that a list of files to be selected can be created.
Enter the search criteria for the OTHER files which you wish to work with. The criteria consists of a library, which must be entered, and a file name.
The file name may be a full name, a partial name or blank. All OTHER physical files which match the search criteria and their associated logical files are displayed.
The file details displayed are:
The details of any file can be displayed by entering option 27 (Display Details) to the left of the file. The IBM i DSPFD details will be shown.
To load or re-load the definition of a file, enter 7 to the left of each of the required files. A logical file can not be loaded by itself. It must be loaded with its associated physical file. However, not all logicals need be selected. You may select only those which you wish to use in LANSA.
You will be requested to enter the details to be used by a batch job which will be submitted to load the definitions of the selected files.
If you enter YES for "Submit batch create of files after load", a batch job to make the file operational will be submitted for each physical file successfully loaded.
These batch jobs will use the same Job description, Job queue and Output queue as specified for the bulk load job. The Job name will be the file name.