Operating the Natural Development Server

This document describes how to operate a Natural Development Server under z/OS (Batch).

The following topics are covered:

Starting the Natural Development Server

The development server can be started as a "started task":

//NDVSRV  PROC                                      
// PARM=('POSIX(ON)/NDVSRV1')                        
//         DD DISP=SHR,DSN=NATvrs.LOAD              
//CMPRINT  DD SYSOUT=X                             
//STGTRACE DD SYSOUT=X                             
//STGSTDO  DD SYSOUT=X                             

- where

vrs is the version, release, system maintenance level number of NDV or Natural.

For the currently applicable versions refer to Empower https://empower.softwareag.com/.

PARM=('POSIX(ON)/NDVSRV1') - POSIX(ON) is required for a proper LE370 initialization, and NDVSRV1 is the name of the server for the communication with the monitor client.

The name of the started task must be defined under RACF and the z/OS UNIX System Services.

Terminating the Natural Development Server

The Natural Development Server can be terminated from within the Monitor Client NATMOPI, see Monitor Commands.

Monitoring the Natural Development Server

To enable the administrator to monitor the status of the Natural Development Server, a monitor task is provided which is initialized automatically at server startup. Using the monitor commands described below, the administrator can control the server activities, cancel particular user sessions, terminate the entire server, etc.

The following topics are covered below:

Monitor Communication

To communicate with the monitor, you can use the monitor client NATMOPI; see Monitor Client NATMOPI. Or you can use the HTML Monitor Client that supports standard web browser; see HTML Monitor Client.

Alternatively, you can use the operator command MODIFY to execute the monitor commands described below in the section Monitor Commands. The output of the executed monitor command will be written to the system log.


F jobname,APPL=ping

sends the command ping to the NDV server running under the job jobname.

Monitor Commands

The Natural Development Server supports the following monitor commands:

Monitor Command Action
ping Verifies whether the server is active. The server responds and sends the string
I'm still up
terminate Terminates the server.
abort Terminates the server immediately without releasing any resources.
set configvariable value With the set command, you can modify server configuration settings. For example, to modify TRACE_LEVEL:
set TRACE_LEVEL 31+30+15
list sessions Returns a list of active Natural sessions within the server. For each session, the server returns information about the user who owns the session, the session initialization time, the last activity time and an internal session identifier (session-id).
cancel session session-id

Cancels a specific Natural session within the Natural Development Server. To obtain the session ID, use the monitor command list sessions.

Canceling active batch server sessions in Natural requires authorized services provided by the Authorized Services Manager (ASM). If the ASM is not started, those sessions cannot be canceled.

cleanup Cancel sessions that are inactive longer than specified in configuration parameter SESSION_TIMEOUT.
help Returns help information about the monitor commands supported.

Runtime Trace Facility

For debugging purposes, the server code has a built-in trace facility which can be switched on, if desired.

The following topics are covered below:

Trace Medium

A remote development server writes its runtime trace to the logical system file SYSOUT of the FSIO task.

Trace Configuration

The trace is configured by a trace level which defines the details of the trace. Once a trace is switched on, it can be restricted to particular clients or client requests by specifying a trace filter, see also NDV configuration parameter TRACE_FILTER.

Every Natural session is provided with a 32-bit trace status word (TSW) which defines the trace level for this session. The value of the TSW is set in the NDV configuration parameter TRACE_LEVEL. A value of zero means that the trace is switched off.

Trace Level

Each bit of the TSW is responsible for certain trace information. Starting with the rightmost bit:

Bit 31 Trace main events (server initialization/termination, client request/result).
Bit 30 Detailed functions (session allocation, rollin/rollout calls, detailed request processing).
Bit 29 Dump internal storage areas.
Bit 28 Session directory access.
Bit 27 Dump request/reply buffer EBCDIC.
Bit 26 Dump request/reply buffer ASCII.
Bit 25 Dump I/O buffer.
Bit 24 Free.
Bit 23 Request processing main events.
Bit 22 Request processing detailed functions.
Bit 21 Remote debugger main events.
Bit 20 Remote debugger detailed functions.
Bit 19-16 Free.
Bit 15 Trace error situations only.
Bit 14 Apply trace filter definitions.
Bit 13 Trace start and termination of the server only.
Bit 12 Trace start and termination of the client sessions only. Even if bit 13 is set.
Bit 11-08 Free.
Bit 07-01 Free.
Bit 00 Reserved for trace-level extension.

Trace Filter

It is possible to restrict the trace by a logical filter in order to reduce the volume of the server trace output.

  • The filter can be set with the configuration parameter TRACE_FILTER.

  • The filter may consist of multiple keyword=filtervalue assignments separated by spaces.

  • To activate the filter definition, the trace bit 14 in the trace status word (see Trace Level) must be set.

The filter keyword is:

Client Filters the trace output by specific clients.

The following rules apply:

  • If a keyword is defined multiple times, the values are cumulated.

  • The value must be enclosed in braces and can be a list of filter values separated by spaces.

  • The values are not case sensitive.

  • Asterisk notation is possible.



Each request of the user ID KSP and each request of the user IDs starting with a P are traced.