Abend 837-08 Transferring a Tape File with More Than Five Volumes

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Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Problem:

You may get an S837-08 abend transferring a multi-volume tape dataset with CA XCOM for z/OS after five volumes have been transferred.

Resolution:

This problem can happen if TAPE=YES was not specified. TAPE=YES must always be specified if the remote file is on tape. If this is not specified, then tape parameters such as LABEL, SEQ#, TAPE and VOLCT are set to their default values.

If TAPE=YES is not coded, CA XCOM assumes the remote file is on DASD. The VOLCT always defaults to five both for DASD and TAPE. That is why a multi-volume tape transfer may abend after five volumes.