What’s the functionality of spool attribute USRDEFOPT?

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I would like put some string into spool attribute USRDEFOPT for my tailor made program processing indicator. But I not sure any other side effect if this attribute for my own used.

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  • TomLiotta
    I suspect that this is a pretty obscure question. Finding someone who's experienced will be a stroke of luck. You might ask IBM Support how to locate spooled files or PRTFs that have a USRDEFOPT() attribute. That might fit within basic support question guidelines. Beyond that, it appears that you are going to use it in the way it's intended. It should be easy to run a couple tests. And having a test already run will give you a basis for a Support call. If nothing else exists on your system(s) using the attribute, I can't see much negative effect. But that's a total guess. Tom
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  • WoodEngineer
    We experimented with USRDEFOPT a bit without any negative impact on regular handing of spool files, such as WRKOUTQ, WRKWTR, WRKSPLF. Think of the USRDEFOPT data as demographic data that is carried in spooled file attributes. If you create a program to manage spooled files this data can be retrieved by your custom program and trigger actions of your own design. Another way to think of this is like an additional four occurrances of USRDTA. This data can be retrieved via the Retrieve Spooled File Attribute API with SPLA0100 format.
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