Automatic exchange of file between AS400 and Linux

50 pts.
AS/400 File Transfer
AS/400 interoperability
Linux Virtual Server
Hi! A sympathic  colleague of my office comes to me and ask a very simple question  : Is ist difficult for a software working on LINUX to go and import Files in an AS400. I said him there are a lot of very good emulators functionning with windows. There are even possibilities of ODBC links with ms-Access. Perhaps someone know a very good tool to simulate unix partitions in an AS400. This tool could perhaps  make automatic transferts  of files from this 2 environments.

I hope I'm clear enough ?

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as400 linux windows

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FTP is not enough?

You can install Linux in a LPAR on system i (I don’t know the complexity but it seems to be easy).


Sorry, I’m tryiing to add useful informations.

A costumer have installed an automatic save system on his local network, this network works (I think) on Linux.
So he can everynight connect to all PCs of his company and transfer all the files he wants. I presume this posts are working with Windows.

He wants to do the same thing with AS400 i-series.

Because some IBM UNIX belongs to i-system (do I say a stupid thing ?). I’m would not be surprised that you can run a Linux partition on i-series. It’s perhaps a beginning af solution ?

Think you very much Wilson.

I’m going to look on the Web.

Jean-Max Poussines


Salut Jean-Max,

You can do all your customer wants with FTP.

1.- Use FTP to start Backup on your i (this may be do to a Virtual tape drive to get the images directly on IFS or save to a SAVF). Or it can be planned with JobScd.
2.- Use FTP to GET the backup from IFS or library/savf

Or, if your customer had a Windows network emulator to access windows machines it can access directly the IFS on system I!

Hope it can help you.


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  • TomLiotta
    It shouldn't be necessary to "simulate unix partitions". AS/400s have been mostly POSIX-compliant for quite a few years. (If the AS/400 is so old that it pre-dates that, then we probably can't help anyway.) Both NFS server and client functions are available in a default installation of an AS/400. NFS client could be used by the AS/400 to access a share on a remote Unix system. Or the NFS server could be started on the AS/400 and a directory could be shared for access by the Unix system. Either way, automating transfers should start to become obvious from there. Tom
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