Download File # 182 freePDS Command Package
PDS or Partitioned Data Set are probably the most frequently manipulated type of data sets on many OS/390 systems. We store JCL, source code, and system parameters in PDS(s).
ISPF facilities for working with PDS(s) have improved but still lag behind the powerful free tools users have built for themselves.
IBM does not supply an UNDELETE utility for PDS members.
IBM tools are difficult to use to perform complex operations in batch or REXX environments.
IBM tools split the functions required to effectively use PDS(s) into different utilities or multiple steps.
PDS is the reigning champion tool for working with PDS(s).
PDS was originally written in 1972 at Fireman's Fund Insurance.
Bruce Leland, Steve Smith, and others built PDS into the utility "Battle Wagon" that it is today.
John Kalinich has worked to keep PDS alive and continues to enhance it. PDS 8.6 is the current version of this most popular, free PDS utility and adds PDSE support!
PDS incorporates functions from IBM ISPF Options 3.2, 3.4 3.14, Utility programs IEBCOPY, IDCAMS, and much, much, more! PDS has been extended to integrate many other free tools such as DSAT, VTOC, MXI, COMPARE, REVIEW, and more.
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