CA Easytrieve Plus batch jobs abend with A011 VSAM - OPEN ERROR - FILE xxxxx - CODE 136(88) since installing DBCS option.

Document ID : KB000054364
Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Description

We have Easytrieve batch abends A011 VSAM - OPEN ERROR - FILE - CODE 136(88)and have resolved it by specifying a bigger REGION size. These jobs have not failed before and we only got the abend after migrating from CA Easytrieve 6.4 0311 to CA Easytrieve 6.4 0311 with the DBCS option installed. We would like to know if there are any software behavior changes when the DBCS option is enabled.

Solution

The cause of the OPEN error 136(88) is :
"Not enough virtual storage space is available in your program's address space for work areas, control blocks, or buffers."

This is because the size of the Easytrieve program itself is increased due to using the DBCS option, due to the number and size of the DBCS modules that are generated when you install this option.
This is why you need to specify a bigger REGION size when using the DBCS option.