TSO/ISPF - Displaying Data Set Information

In order to display information about a data set, you will need to use ISPF/PDF from the TSO menu. ISPF/PDF is the TSO editor. You will also use ISPF/PDF to create, rename, delete, view or find a data set.

First, you will need to log on to TSO.  Once you have logged in, you will need to use PDF (option P - ISPF/Program Development Facility) to get to the ISPF Primary Option Menu:




Then choose option 3 - Utilities. This will take you to the Utility Selection Panel:

Choose 2 (Data Set) to display information of an entire data set.

To confirm whether or not the data set has been allocated according to your specifications, select the blank option from the Data Set Utility panel, enter the name of the data set that has been allocated, and press Enter.

ISPF now displays the actual characteristics of the specified data set in its Data Set Information panel:




Please note: If you are having problems remembering the complete data set name, you may want to use the Data Set Listing Utility accessible through PDF (option P), Utilities (option 3), then Data Set Listing (option 4). This Utility is commonly referred to as P.3.4 (pronounced 'P dot 3 dot 4'). Through this utility you may use wild cards to help you locate the name of your/the desired data set.


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