Editing files

You can edit files that you loaded from your repository workspace.


  1. Files in the workspace are displayed in a list of files, either in the z/OS UNIX Directory List panel or the Source Control panel. Enter an E next to the file to edit and press the Enter key.
  2. To edit a file in a data set, enter an E next to the file Source Control panel and press the Enter key.
    1. Optional: In the Edit Entry panel, you can tailor your editing session by using the fields on the panel. Enter information into any of the fields you care to use.
      Initial Macro
      Identifies an initial macro that is to run after the data in a file is read, but before the data in the file is displayed in the editor.
      Profile Name
      Specifies a profile name to be used during the editing session in the file.
      Format Name
      Specifies the name of a format for editing a file.
      Panel Name
      Specifies the name of an edit panel to use instead of the default editor panel.
      Confirm Cancel/Move/Replace option
      Enter a forward slash (/) to receive a confirmation panel for the CANCEL, MOVE, or REPLACE edit commands. For one of the commands to be run without a confirmation panel, either remove the forward slash (/) if one is in the field, or leave the field blank.
      Edit/View Mixed Mode option
      Enter a forward slash (/) for this option if you are editing unformatted mixed data, which contains both EBCDIC and double-byte (DBCS) characters.
      Preserve VB Record Length
      Enter a forward slash (/) for this option to preserve the record lengths of the records in a variable-length file. This option has no effect if the file that is being edited is a fixed-length file.
      Data encoding
      Enter one of the following option numbers:
      The data in a file is encoded in ASCII. The Engineering Workflow Management Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) client supports editing files in US ASCII only, unless you are running on z/OS® 2.1.
      The data in a file is encoded in Unicode and you are running on z/OS 2.1.
      For either option, the ISPF editor calls the z/OS Unicode conversion services to convert the ASCII or Unicode data to the CCSID of the terminal so standard EBCDIC is displayed. Standard EBCDIC makes the data readable by the user.
      Press the Enter key to continue to the editor.
    2. In the file editor, after you change the file, press F3 to save the file and exit from the editor. Press F12 to cancel the changes to the file and exit from the editor.
  3. To ensure that the file you open is not modified and saved unintentionally, enter either a Bto browse the file or enter a V to view the file.

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