Using 10 character filenames

Date: Archived
Product/Release: LANSA for the AS/400
Abstract: The permanent file override facility gives the ability to use files that are not standard LANSA file names.
Submitted By: LANSA Technical Support

It is now possible to use files with a name that is not a standard LANSA file name. To achieve this, the permanent file override facility is available. The principle is very simple:

  • The actual name of the file and the name used by LANSA are defined in a source physical file on the AS/400.
  • Via the permanent file override facility, the LANSA applications can detect and use the actual file names (for example, names which are used in your existing RPG environment).

LANSA Client* and LANSA Open can also make use of this facility for file names which are not standard LANSA names.

Activating and maintaining the permanent file override facility:


The permanent file override facility is very simple to activate.

In the LANSA system there is a version dependency data area called [email protected] (refer to the LANSA Technical Guide Volume 2 - Appendix A for more information about this data area). By adding the text ‘*PERMFILOVR' to this data area (the position is not important as long as none of the existing options are overwritten) the facility is activated.

A source physical file called PERMFILOVR is created on the AS/400:


This source file can be created in any library as long as it is present in the library list at run time.

LANSA checks for the existence of this file, and, when it is present, extracts the details from the first member for all file override details. If the override information is partition dependant, a version of this source file should be installed in the data library of each partition.


The PERMFILOVR file can be easily maintained via the AS/400 SEU editor and can contain both file override details and comment lines.

The character ";" (semi-colon) in the first position of a line indicates a comment line. Any other character in the first position of the line is considered to be a file override definition.

When any file override details are defined, all LANSA applications are passed the message "each time that I try to use this file, in reality I want to use the other file". This can be very useful, for example,when using files with names longer than 8 characters or which have a name containing a special character such as ‘.'(period).

The file override details are defined as follows:

From File     To File     To Library
1234567890    1234567890  1234567890

Ensure that there is a space between each field!!



Example with comment lines:

;From File     To File     To Library
;234567890     1234567890  1234567890

Override details for two files can appear on one line...

From File  To File    To Library   From File   To File    To Library
1234567890 1234567890 1234567890   1234567890  1234567890 1234567890

Example with comments:

;From File To File    To Library From File  To File    To Library
;234567890 1234567890 1234567890 1234567890 1234567890 1234567890

It is also possible to define one file per line followed by comments. Use the character ";" (semi-colon) where normally the second ‘From' file name would be defined.

;From File    To File        To Library   Comment
;234567890    1234567890     1234567890   ;
ITEMMAST      ITEMMASTER     DATALIB      ; Item master file
CUSTMAST      CUSTMASTER     MYLIBRARY    ; Customer Master

If the library name is to remain unchanged, it does not have to be defined. The special values *LIBL or *CURLIB can also be used.

;From File    To File        To Library   Comment;
234567890     1234567890     1234567890   ;
ITEMMAST      ITEMMASTER                  ; Item master file
CUSTMAST      CUSTMASTER     *CURLIB      ; Customer Master
ORDERH        ORDER.HEAD     DATALIB      ; Order Header
ORDERD        ORDER.DET      *LIBL        ; Order Detail

If any application makes use of Logical files, these logicals as well as the physical must be defined in the source file. LANSA executes the overrides only if this is necessary.

;From File    To File        To Library   Comment
;234567890    1234567890     1234567890   1
ITEMMAST      ITEMMASTER     *LIBL        ; Item master file
ITEMMAL1      ITEMMASTL1     *LIBL        ; Item master by Item
ITEMMAL2      ITEMMASTL2     *LIBL        ; Item master by Class
ITEMMAL3      ITEMMASTL3     *LIBL        ; Item master by Category
ITEMMAL4      ITEMMASTL4     *LIBL        ; Item master by Status

Remarks and warnings

  • A maximum number of 500 file overrides can be defined. When more than 500 are defined, all extra overrides are ignored.
  • LANSA does not check the overrides defined. Run time errors will occur if the file overrides are not entered at the correct position in the source file (From File, To File, etc.) or if the file defined is not found.
  • The first I/O module loaded calls program [email protected] to load the details from file PERMFILOVR into memory. Since this file is only read once, to make any modifications effective exit from LANSA and use the RCLRSC command on the AS/400 or SIGNOFF and start again. This also applies when using LANSA Client or LANSA Open. All active sessions should be ended and restarted if the changes are required.
  • For better memory (PAG) management, start program [email protected] before starting LANSA.This will cause [email protected] to be loaded earlier in the PAG potentially reducing memory. To do this, call the program as follows:CALL [email protected] X'00'

    The value Hex 0 means that [email protected] should be loaded into memory and remain active.When using LANSA Open or LANSA Client add this call into the source of program LCXP9000. LCXP9000 is a user defined program which is called before LANSA Open or LANSA Client are started. It is useful, for example, for setting the library list on the AS/400. If LCXP9000 does not exist, LANSA Open or LANSA Client are started up in the normal way.


Action necessary to be able to use a file, FILE10NAME, and its logicals with a name that is 10 characters long:

  1. Create a special library for dummy files. This library shall only be used for file definitions (without data). In this example we use the name DUMMYLIB as the library name.
  2. Use the AS/400 command CRTDUPOBJ to copy file FILE10NAME to DUMMYLIB. Also copy any necessary logical files defined for the file (FILE10NAM1 and FILE10NAM2). Only the definition is required, the data from these files will never be used.
  3. Use the AS/400 command DSPDBR to check that the logical files FILE10NAM1 and FILE10NAM2 have been successfully copied to DUMMYLIB and that they are indices for file FILE10NAME in DUMMYLIB. This information is required when loading the file in LANSA.
  4. Give the file FILE10NAME and its corresponding logicals in DUMMYLIB a valid LANSA name so that they can be loaded in LANSA. In this example:

    FILE10NAME is renamed FILE10NA
    FILE10NAM1 is renamed FILE10N1
    FILE10NAM2 is renamed FILE10N2

    Copy all related files before they are renamed. If the physical file is renamed before the logical files are copied, the logicals will remain attached to the original file when they are copied to DUMMYLIB.
  5. The files can now be loaded/recognised by LANSA. Create the file FILE10NA in LANSA as a ‘maintained by OTHER' file and load the external definition (usually option 29=Load Other), then make the file operational so as to create the I/O module. Ensure that the text "*PERMFILOVR" has been added to the LANSA data area [email protected] before making the file operational.
  6. Create/change source file PERMFILOVR. The following lines should be defined:

    This presumes that the library that FILE10NAME and its logicals are in will be in *LIBL.
    Once the files have been made operational, they are ready for use within LANSA. In the LANSA applications, the file names defined in LANSA are used but, at run time, the overrides defined in file PERMFILOVR in the library list (*LIBL) will be correctly implemented by LANSA.

For more details on the implementation of permanent file overrides see the member PERMFILOVR in [email protected]