What does "ddname SYSPRINT stepname LIST" mean and how do I access it?
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giltjrConnect With a Mentor Commented:
As this is obvioulsy for a class we can't answer it outright, so:

Do you know what a ddname ( DD ) is?
JCW2Author Commented:
DD statement : Is for specifying inputs and outputs for the program in the EXEC statement.

DDname: "A DD name is the name of a data definition (DD) statement that corresponds to a data control block that contains the same name." (
O.K., you should now know what a DD name is.  Do you actually understand it?

Do you know what a "step" is in JCL? Have you looked up the term "stepname"?

As to how to access what a DD name points to depends on a few things.  Does it point to a file (what type of file) orp print.

It also depends on which system editor you are using: ROSCOE, SuperWylbur, Wylbur, TSO, or TSO/ISPF.  But you can use any or all of them to access it.  As to the specifics, that should be something that is being covered in your class.

As this is for a class we can guide, we can't give you out right answers.  You will learn nothing and that will not help you when you get your first job.
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JCW2Author Commented:
Step: "The JCL statements that request and control execution of a program and that specify the resources needed to run the program." from Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/OS Basics

Stepname: instructs the system to execute program x. example: //MYSORT EXEC PGM=SORT
                   where MYSORT is the stepname.

I'm using TSO/ISPF.
O.K. so you know that for the statment "//MYSORT EXEC PGM=SORT"  the step name is MYSORT and you know what a DD name is.

So the statment "ddname SYSPRINT stepname LIST"

Refers to a step named LIST that has a ddname SYSPRINT it in.

Now do you know how to look at the output of a job in TSO/ISPF?  Is it plain TSO/ISPF or do you have SDSF?
JCW2Author Commented:
Yes, I have SDSF.
JCW2Author Commented:
Thank you for your help.
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