TSO Command Reference

The following is a list of all of the standard TSO commands and what they do. Most people run ISPF on top of TSO (which is started using the pdf command). To enter TSO commands after the ISPF interface is started, you need to either precede the desired command with tso (eg. 'tso asm') or go into ISPF option 6 and enter the TSO command there. If the ISPF interface is not started or has been shut down then TSO commands can be entered at the READY prompt.

Language Processing Commands:

asminvoke assembler prompter and assembler f compiler.
calcinvoke itf:pl/1 processor for desk calculator mode.
cobolinvoke cobol prompter and cobol compiler.
fortinvoke fortran prompter and fortran iv g1 compiler.
pliinvoke pli optimizing compiler
plicinvoke pli checkout compiler
vsaplinvoke vsapl interpreter for tso

Program Control Commands:

callload and execute the specified load module.
linkinvoke link prompter and linkage editor.
loadgoload and execute program.
runcompile, load, and execute program.
testtest user program.

Data Management Commands:

allocateallocate a data set.
convertsift itf/pl1 and fortran source.
copycopy a data set.
deletedelete a data set.
editcreate, edit, and/or execute a data set.
formatformat and print a text data set.
freerelease a data set.
listdisplay a data set.
listalcdisplay active data sets.
listbcdisplay messages from operator/user.
listcatdisplay user catalogued data sets.
listdsdisplay data set attributes.
mergecombine data sets.
protectpassword protect data sets.
renamerename a data set.

System Control Commands:

accountmodify/add/delete user attributes.
operatorplace terminal in operator mode.

Session Control:

execinvoke command procedure.
helpinvoke help processor.
logoffend terminal session.
logonstart terminal session.
profiledefine user characteristics.
sendsend message to operator/user.
terminaldefine terminal characteristics.
timelog session usage time.
whenconditionally execute next command.

Foreground Initiated Background Commands:

cancelcancel background job.
outputdirect output medium for background job.
statuslist status of background job.
submitsubmit background job.

Access Method Service Commands:

alteralter attributes in catalog entries.
cnvtcatentries in an os catalog are converted to entries in an existing vs2 master or user catalog.
definedefine user catalogs,data spaces, clusters, page spaces, nonvsam datasets, alias names, and generation data groups.
exportmove a cluster or user catalog entry from the system in which the command is executed.
importmove a cluster or user catalog entry into the system in which the command is executed.
printlist all or part of an indexed sequential, sequential, or vsam dataset.
reprocopy vsam clusters, catalogs, and nonvsam datasets.
verifyverify end of file.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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