Keeping your machine clean
OS/400 has a lot of facilities to keep your machine running smoothly without doing anything sysadmin related. I want to not only keep the machine running smoothly, but keep it clean und uncluttered by unnecessary data. Thus I sign on as QSECOFR on a daily basis and check/clean the following:
- Output queues (
WRKOUTQ), purging job logs and other output no longer relevant.
- Messages (
DSPMSG) for the users QSYSOPR, QTCP, QPGMR. These get purged by the system cleanup jobs eventually, but retain some messages. To keep overview about more or less important things happening, I want at least have a look at new messages appearing in QSYSOPRs message queue.
- Alerts (
WRKALR) are a more persistent, and visible way for the system to record possibly important messages, which might be easily overseen by just (loosely over)looking routinely over the QSYSOPR messages.
- Problems (
WRKPRB), are the next step to alerts. Some things on the system trigger all three: Messages, Alerts, and Problem entries.