Purpose: Use the REPLY command to respond to system requests for information. The system associates an identification number with each information request it makes. The REPLY command for a specific request must contain the same identification number as the request. The verb, REPLY or R, is not required when you respond to a request.
id The identification number (0-9999), as specified in the message requesting a response. Leading zeroes can be omitted. You may also specify a value of 00.
The response to the message. The apostrophes are optional and need only be included if your answer contains uppercase and lowercase characters. If you include the apostrophes and your answer contains an apostrophe, use two apostrophes in the message text.
The short form of the REPLY command does not require that you enter either REPLY or R. The short form of the reply command allows you to enter a total length of 124 character spaces. Anything beyond that length is truncated. If the system console is not in problem determination mode, you cannot use the short form of the REPLY command when responding to WTORs from the system console.
The RMAX value can affect the way you enter the short form of the REPLY command. The RMAX value determines the maximum number of REPLY ids that you can use to respond to WTOR messages.
On JES2 systems, when using the short form of the REPLY command, the operator can omit the comma, but the system might misinterpret the command, depending on the RMAX value. For example, if RMAX is 99, and the operator enters the following:
MVS interprets the command as follows:
Replying to System Information Requests
You can use the REPLY command to respond to system requests. To review outstanding requests before replying, issue DISPLAY R.
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