Use a FastExport configuration file to set the initial default values for the following operating parameters when FastExport is invoked:
Note: RETRYFIRSTCONNECT, RETRYOTHERCONNECT and RETRYCONNECTINTERVAL can only be specified in the configuration file for network‑attached platforms. There are no corresponding command line options.
The values specified in the FastExport configuration file override the internal utility default values for these parameters.
The configuration file parameters themselves can be overridden by the commands in the FastExport job script, and by the corresponding runtime parameters, as shown in Table 6 on page 17. The order of preference for these parameters, from highest to lowest, is:
1 – FastExport script commands
2 – Runtime parameters
3 – FastExport configuration file specifications
4 – FastExport default values
Configuration File Name and Location
On network‑attached systems, the FastExport configuration file must be named fexpcfg.dat
The file must be located in either:
On mainframe‑attached systems, the DD statement for the FastExport configuration file must be labeled FEXPCFG.
Configuration File Contents
The FastExport configuration file can have up to eight entries, one for each parameter:
The FastExport configuration file can also have comment statements preceded by a number sign (#) character.
For a complete description of the parameter specifications listed here, see Table 5 on page 15 and Table 6 on page 17.
Configuration File Processing
The utility automatically checks for a configuration file each time the invocation command is entered. Upon locating a configuration file, the utility sets the defaults as specified, produces the appropriate output messages, and begins processing the job.
By default, any invalid configuration file entry or syntax error immediately aborts a job. The first invalid parameter will be reported; none of the other configuration parameters are checked.
If no configuration file exists, the utility begins processing the job without indicating an error. The configuration file is an optional feature of FastExport, and its absence is not considered an error condition.
Note: The config file must be in the platform‑appropriate single‑byte character set, like ASCII or EBCDIC.