Syntax Notation

This publication uses the following syntax notation:

  • Italics within a command represent variables for which you must supply a value. For example:
    • CPGID=codepageid

    means that you enter CPGID= as shown and then replace the variable codepageid with a value that represents any valid code page, which is three-character decimal value (for example, 395) that defines an IBM-registered code page.

  • Do not enter the following symbols as part of the command:
    Vertical bar
    { }
    [ ]

These symbols have the following meanings:

  • A vertical bar, |, between values indicates that you can only enter one of the values with the command. For example:
    • CC={YES | NO}
    means that when you enter CC=, you can specify either YES or NO as the value, but not both.
    Note: In AIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems, sometimes the vertical bar, |, acts as a pipe. When the pipe symbol appears between commands, it indicates that the output from the first command becomes the input to the second command. For example:
    acif inputdd=myfile | enq -P3825A
    means that the output generated by the acif command is the input to the enq command, which prints the file.
  • Braces, { }, around values indicate a required value. For example:
    • CC={YES | NO}
    means that when you enter CC=, you must also enter YES or NO.
  • Brackets, [ ], around parameters indicate that they are optional. For example:
    • [CC=value] [CCTYPE=value]
    means that you do not have to enter either CC=value or CCTYPE=value.
  • An underscore, _, indicates the default value, which ACIF uses if you do not specify the parameter with a non-default value. For example:
    • CC={YES| NO}
    means that if the CC parameter is not entered, ACIF uses the default value of YES for the CC parameter.