Trying to vary DDLDCLOD area gets message "Vary Area Pending".

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Last Modified Date : 06/03/2018
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Question:

I am trying to vary area DDLDCLOD to retrieval or offline mode using a DCMT command:

DCMT V AREA APPLDICT.DDLDCLOD RET
or
DCMT V AREA APPLDICT.DDLDCLOD OFF

The command is accepted but returns message Vary Area Pending and the area stays in update mode.

How can this area be varied to offline or retrieval mode?

 

Answer:

When varying Area status without the IMMEDIATE parameter, IDMS must wait for all active rununits that conflict with the specified mode to finish before it can put the area in the requested mode. For several dictionary areas you may have defined PERMANENT system rununits that do not end until SHUTDOWN. These will cause the area to be put in a pending status.

DCMT V AREA APPLDICT.DDLDCLOD IMMEDIATE will force all of the permanent loader rununits to finish.

In order to vary the DDLDCLOD area to retrieval mode without using the IMMEDIATE parameter, you first need to vary offline the permanent system loader rununits that are active.

A DCMT D RU LOADER command will show all loader system rununits.

                     TYPE LOADER               
           DRIVER TASK ID 0000000003           
                SUBSCHEMA IDMSNWKL             
                     NODE                      
          DICTNAME/DBNAME                      
            IDLE INTERVAL OFF                  
     PREDEFINED RUN UNITS         2            
     RUN UNIT ALLOCATIONS        14            
           RUN UNIT FREES        14            
       OVERFLOW RUN UNITS        10            
                AREA NAME DDLDCLOD             
               USAGE MODE SHARED UPDATE        
TYPE  BOUND  IN-USE    ALLOCS   OWNING TASK    
PERM   YES    NO             4                 
PERM   YES    NO             0                 
                                               
                     TYPE LOADER               
           DRIVER TASK ID 0000000003           
                SUBSCHEMA IDMSNWKL             
                     NODE                      
          DICTNAME/DBNAME SYSDICT              
            IDLE INTERVAL OFF                  
     PREDEFINED RUN UNITS         1            
     RUN UNIT ALLOCATIONS         0            
           RUN UNIT FREES         0            
       OVERFLOW RUN UNITS         0            
                AREA NAME DDLDCLOD             
               USAGE MODE SHARED UPDATE        
TYPE  BOUND  IN-USE    ALLOCS   OWNING TASK    
PERM   YES    NO             0                 

Any loader rununits that are bound against the DDLDCLOD area you are trying to vary must first be varied offline. In the example above the SYSDICT.DDLDCLOD and the default dictionary DDLDCLOD area (DICTNAME is blank)  have bound rununits.

Use the following commands to vary the LOADER rununits offline

 DCMT V RU LOADER OFF

 DCMT V RU LOADER DICT SYSDICT OFF

After varying the loader unit offline, any pending varies for the area should complete.

To restart the loader rununits issue the command:

 DCMT V RU LOADER ON
 DCMT V RU LOADER DICT SYSDICT ON