Online expediter commands – CICS

Below are the few online expeditor useful commands for basic debugging of a program.

Expeditor Quick Reference →

xpediter keep window size –  To increase or decrease the keep window size
                            n can be any number from 3 to 11.
SET KEEP 3 is the minimum window size and SET KEEP 11 is the maximum window size

Command line Commands:

XPED <Program Name> → Type this in the Native CICS region which open the program in Debug mode allowing user to enter break points or setup KEEP/ PEEK etc.

KEEP <variable name> → It displays the variable value throughout the program execution. This can also be set by giving K in Line next to the variable.

PEEK <variable name> → It displays the group level variable along with all sub level variables values. This can also be set by giving P in Line next to the variable.

WHEN <variable name> CHANGESThis also sets the break point but it sets when the given variable value changes.

WHEN <variable name> = <value> → This command issues a break whenever the variable value become equals to the given value

DELETE ALL → Deletes all the commands that are in effect like Break points, KEEPs  etc.

DELETE BREAKS → Deletes all the break points.

DELETE S → Deletes only Skip commands

DELETE K → Deletes Keeps

ACCESS → This is used to access MAPS, MAPSETS etc while executing the program in xpeditor. PF3 takes back to the execution window.

Ex: ACCESS MAPS → It shows a screen where MAP need to enter and then it displays the named map.

Sample Command line

Line Commands

B → Break Point, Put a B on the line and press enter. Break pint will be set at that point.

O → One time break point, Once that statement executes break point will not be in effect.

K → Equivalent to KEEP<variable name>.

K2 → It displays the second variable found after K2.

K3, K4, K5.. etc also possible. It shows the value correspondingly.

KK → Used to set keeps for a block of variables. It can be used in procedure and working storage divisions.

K* → Sets Keep for all the variables used in that statement.

P → PEEK. It displays the group level variable along with all the sub level variables values . To come out off the PEEK window, Press PF3

GT → GO TO , It takes the control to that particular line. It skips all other lines before to GT & current execution point from execution.

D → Used to delete the break points and also used to delete the KEEPs

S → Skips that line from the execution

SS → Skips block of lines in between SS &SS from execution.

PF Keys

PF9 → Line by Line Execution

PF12 → Break Point to Break point Execution

PF3 → Exit from the program.

SHIFT PF6 → It shows the screen while execution is going on. To come back to the execution, Press SHIFt PF6 again.

To come back into execution window after pressing Pf3 →


To Enter into Sub Program from the main Program →

  • One way is to put break points in all modules before entering the transaction.
  • Other way is , before the execution of the sub program.. Change the module name to Sub Program name on the top Left corner and put a break point. Change it back to Main program and execute it.

To come out of the Execution Window →

  • Press Pf3 thrice and then ENETRFirst PF3 you get Debugging Facilities Menu shown below

2nd PF3 →

3rd PF3 →

END Session – YES → It removes the program(s) from the xped

No → Program remains in the xped mode and if we enter the programs transaction, it gets opened in debug mode.

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