Catch Alls – Some Short-and-Sweet Tips

Optional Features Table

A good practice to get into is to regularly review the values and “switches” that have been placed in the Optional Features table supplied with Endevor. The source is found on the installation TABLES file and is member ENCOPTBL.

Each optional feature is documented as well as the various parameters that may be provided when activation the option.

Avoid Using Endevor within Endevor

Endevor processors allow you to iteratively invoke Endevor from within Endevor. This is a common practice when you need to retrieve something related to the element being worked on in a processor. For instance, you may want to check the submission JCL against the PROC being processed, or perhaps component information is needed to ensure complete processing occurs.

Before deciding to include “Endevor within Endevor (C1BM3000)” in your processor, make sure what you want to do can’t be done with one of the myriad of utilities specifically designed to execute in processors. Specifically, CONWRITE has had many extensions added to it that allow retrieval of elements and retrieval of component information.

A utility will always execute neater, cleaner, sweeter, and faster than Endevor-within-Endevor.

Move Commonly Used JCL Statements to the Submission JCL

A very simple technique to improve Endevor performance and reduce the number of service units required by the facility is to move (or copy) commonly used JCL statements from the processor to the submission JCL.

Specifically, either move or copy the declarations for SYSUT3, SYSUT4, SYSUT5, etc. into the skeleton member XXXXXXX so that they are defined automatically by the OS390 operating system at submission time. Then, when Endevor requires the DDNames and allocations, they are already done, thus saving overhead time required for Endevor to perform the dynamic allocation.

While this does not sound like a “big deal”, in actuality it can make a significant difference. A typical COBOL processor, for example, will need to allocation each of the SYSUTX Ddnames twice; once for the compile step and again for the linker step. If you are compiling 50 programs in an Endevor job, the allocations and de-allocations can occur over 300 times!

Based on personal experience, I would put the SYSUTX statements in BOTH the processor and the submission JCL. This is based on experimentation done that established a baseline CPU usage with the statements just in the processor. The first alteration removed the statements from the processor and placed them only in the submission JCL. This resulted in a drop in CPU usage. I then placed the statements in both the processor AND the submission JCL. This resulted in a further drop in CPU usage (lower than the first!). Therefore, no harm is done (in fact, good may be the result!) by having the statements in both locations, so I would leave it in both!

Some Available Traces

One of the problems with the Endevor documentation is that the different traces (and “hidden abilities”) that are available are scattered throughout different sections. Therefore, this list has been (and is being) constructed to try to capture all the different traces in one location.

    • ESI SMF record trace
    • Allocation service trace
    • Alternate ID trace
    • ESI trace
    • Exit trace
    • If-Then-Else trace
    • API Trace
    • Logon and logoff information
    • Writes SMF records (needs to write to a dataset)
    • Component Validation Trace
    • AUTOGEN in simulation mode
    • Site Options Report (imho this should be a regular report not a trace)
    • Symbolic resolution trace
  • EN$DYNxx
    • NOT A TRACE. A method where dynamically allocated datasets (eg done by REXX in a processor) can be monitored by Endevor

Take the time to search through the manuals looking for “EN$”. You might be surprised at the things you discover that you never knew you had!

The Endevor ESI Look-Aside Table

Many sites are unaware or have inadvertently disabled Endevor’s ESI Look-Aside Table (LAT). As the manual states:

“The security look aside table (LAT) feature allows you to reduce the number of calls to the SAF interface and thereby improve performance. The result of each resource access request to SAF is stored in the LAT. ESI checks the LAT first for authorization and if the resource access request is listed ESI does not make a call to SAF.

“Note: Do not use the LAT feature in a CA-Endevor/ROSCOE environment.”

Always ensure you have allocated a value to the LAT variable in the C1DEFLTS table as this is a simple (and supplied) manner of improving Endevor performance. Leaving the value blank or assigning a zero to the field will turn the function off, resulting in superfluous calls to your site security software during foreground processing.

The values that can be assigned to the LAT field are 2 to 10, with each number representing 4K page sizes of storage. A good starting value is 4.

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