Endevor Tool - Interview Question and Answers

                ENDEVOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


 1. WHEN DO COMPILES OCCUR?

 WHEN ADDING TO THE TEST STAGE
 WHEN ADDING TO THE FIX STAGE
 WHEN MOVING FROM THE TEST STAGE TO THE HOLD STAGE

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 2. WHERE IS MY COMPILE LISTING?

 COMPILE AND LINKAGE EDITOR LISTINGS CAN BE WRITTEN TO SYSDA DATASETS
 (KEPT 48 HOURS) THAT ARE NAMED:
 TCCCC.SSSCM.STAGE.TYPE.ELEMENT.LST OR YOU CAN CHOOSE TO KEEP COMPILE
 AND LINK LISTINGS PERMANENTLY.  PERMANENT LISTINGS CAN BE VIEWED THROUGH
 ENDEVOR OPTION 1.2.  THE DATASET NAME IS VCCCC.SSSCM.STAGE.LST.

 CCCC IS EQUAL TO YOUR CUSTOMER CODE AND
 SSS IS EQUAL TO YOUR SYSTEM CODE AND
 STAGE IS EQUAL TO THE CA-ENDEVOR STAGE (TEST, HOLD, FIX OR PROD) AND
 TYPE IS EQUAL TO THE CA-ENDEVOR TYPE (I.E., C2PB, P1PBD2) AND
 ELEMENT IS EQUAL TO THE ELEMENT NAME
 EXAMPLE: TABCD.XYZCM.TEST.C2PB.ABCDYZ12.LST OR VABCD.XYZCM.TEST.LST

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 3. ARE THE LEVEL NUMBERS ASSIGNED TO COMPONENT LISTS THE SAME AS THE
    LEVEL NUMBERS ASSIGNED TO ELEMENTS?


 THE LEVEL NUMBERS ASSIGNED TO A COMPONENT LIST (COMPONENT LEVELS) ARE
 INDEPENDENT OF THE LEVEL NUMBERS ASSIGNED TO AN ELEMENT (ELEMENT
 LEVELS).  SINCE AN ELEMENT MAY BE RECOMPILED MANY TIMES DUE TO COPY
 OR MACRO CHANGES, THERE MAY BE MORE COMPONENT LEVELS THAN ELEMENT
 LEVELS.

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 4. I HAD A PACKAGE EXECUTION FAIL. DO I NEED TO RESET THE PACKAGE?

 PACKAGES SHOULD NOT BE RESET AFTER AN EXECUTION IS ATTEMPTED. IF THE
 PACKAGE FAILED BECAUSE OF A PROBLEM SUCH AS A LIBRARY BEING FULL OR A
 DB2 BIND FAILS, CORRECT THE PROBLEM AND SIMPLY RE-EXECUTE OR RE-SUBMIT
 THE PACKAGE.  THE PACKAGE WILL REMEMBER WHICH ACTIONS WERE SUCCESSFULLY
 COMPLETED AND WHICH ARE STILL OUTSTANDING.

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 5. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PACKAGE EXECUTION AND PACKAGE
    SUBMIT?


 A PACKAGE EXECUTION IS PERFORMED IN FOREGROUND AND YOUR TERMINAL REMAINS
 LOCKED UP UNTIL THE ACTION COMPLETES.  A PACKAGE SUBMIT, SUBMITS A BATCH
 JOB TO PERFORM THE PACKAGE ACTIONS.

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 6. ARE ENDEVOR MANUALS AVAILABLE?

 ENDEVOR MANUALS ARE AVAILABLE IN THREE FORMATS (PAPER, CD AND ON-LINE).
 TO ORDER A PAPER COPY OR A CD, CONTACT THE EDS SAC AT 8-834-4206 OR
 972-604-4206.  ENDEVOR MANUALS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT THE
 FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
 HTTP://PLP107.SYS.EDS.COM/BOOKMGR-CGI/BOOKMGR.CMD/SHELVES/CAEND37O (3.7)
 HTTP://PLP107.SYS.EDS.COM/BOOKMGR-CGI/BOOKMGR.CMD/SHELVES/EM380 (3.8).


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 7. WHEN ATTEMPTING TO CAST A PACKAGE, IT FAILS WITH THE MESSAGE
    "NO FOOTPRINT MATCH".  WHY DID THIS HAPPEN AND HOW CAN I FIX IT?


 WHEN A PACKAGE IS CAST, THE CAST PROCESS CHECKS THE COMPONENT LIST OF
 EACH PROGRAM IN THE PACKAGE.  THE COMPONENT LIST IDENTIFIES THE
 SUBROUTINES, INCLUDES, COPYBOOKS AND MACROS USED BY THE PROGRAM DURING
 IT'S LAST COMPILE/LINK.  EACH OF THESE SUBROUTINES, INCLUDES, COPYBOOKS
 AND MACROS ARE CONSIDERED INPUT COMPONENTS TO THE PROGRAM AND EACH
 CONTAIN A FOOTPRINT THAT IDENTIFIES WHEN THEY WERE CREATED OR LAST
 UPDATED.  DURING THE PACKAGE CAST PROCESSING THE COMPONENT LIST ITEMS
 ARE MATCHED AGAINST THE ACTUAL ITEMS IN THE LIBRARIES.  IF THE COMPONENT
 LIST, INPUT COMPONENT CAN NOT BE FOUND WITH A MATCHING DATE/TIME, THE
 "NO FOOTPRINT MATCH" ERROR MESSAGE IS PRESENTED.  THE MOST COMMON
 REASON FOR THIS NO MATCH SITUATION IS THAT THE INPUT COMPONENT WAS
 CHANGED AFTER THE PROGRAM WAS LAST COMPILED/LINKED.  TO CORRECT THIS
 SITUATION, RECOMPILE THE PROGRAM, RE-TEST THE PROGRAM AND RE-CAST THE
 PACKAGE.

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 8. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CONVERT FROM CHAMP TO ENDEVOR?

 MOST ACCOUNTS CONVERT IN TWO OR THREE MONTHS. HOWEVER, SOME ACCOUNTS
 TAKE MORE OR LESS TIME DEPENDING UPON COMPLEXITY.  YOU CAN FIND A
 CONVERSION ESTIMATING TOOL AT:
 HTTPS://WWW.TI.EDS.COM/ATTS/CHAMP/REFERENCE.HTM

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 9. WHEN ATTEMPTING TO DELETE A PROCESSOR GROUP, THE ENDEVOR
    ADMINISTRATOR RECEIVES THE MESSAGE "GROUP IN USE".  WHY ARE WE
    GETTING THIS MESSAGE AND HOW CAN WE DELETE THIS PROCESSOR GROUP?


 THIS MESSAGE IS PRESENTED WHEN ATTEMPTING TO DELETE A PROCESSOR GROUP
 THAT IS IN USE BY ELEMENTS UNDER THIS SYSTEM AND TYPE.  BEFORE YOU CAN
 DELETE THIS PROCESSOR GROUP, EACH ELEMENT THAT USES THIS PROCESSOR
 GROUP MUST BE REGENERATED USING ANOTHER PROCESSOR GROUP.  TO DETERMINE
 WHICH ELEMENTS MUST BE REGENERATED, GO TO THE RETRIEVE OR GENERATE
 OPTION AND DISPLAY ALL ELEMENTS "WHERE PROCESSOR GROUP IS EQUAL" TO THE
 PROCESSOR GROUP YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO DELETE.  GENERATE EACH ELEMENT
 USING ANOTHER PROCESSOR GROUP OR RETRIEVE AND ADD EACH ELEMENT USING
 ANOTHER PROCESSOR GROUP.  YOU WILL THEN BE ABLE TO DELETE THE OLD
 PROCESSOR GROUP.

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 10. WHEN ATTEMPTING TO EXECUTE A PACKAGE, I RECEIVE THE MESSAGE
     "EXECUTION N/A".  WHAT IS WRONG?

 PACKAGES ARE NORMALLY USED TO AFFECT THE PRODUCTION STAGE (MOVE TO OR
 DELETE FROM PRODUCTION).  IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO REVIEW THE
 OUTPUT FROM THE PACKAGE EXECUTION.  FOR THIS REASON, THE PACKAGE
 EXECUTION OPTION (FOREGROUND) IS DISABLED.  THE PACKAGE SUBMIT OPTION
 (BATCH) IS ENABLED.  CHOOSE THE "S" OPTION INSTEAD OF THE "E" OPTION
 AND A BATCH JOB WILL BE SUBMITTED TO EXECUTE THE PACKAGE.  THIS JOB WILL
 BE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW WHEREAS THE FOREGROUND MESSAGES FROM AN EXECUTE
 WOULD BE GONE AS SOON AS THE PACKAGE EXECUTOR EXITED ENDEVOR.

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 11. WHEN GOING INTO ENDEVOR I AM RECEIVING AN "ENUXSITE" MESSAGE
     FOLLOWED BY "NOT AUTHORIZED" MESSAGES.  I WAS ACCESSING ENDEVOR
     WITHOUT PROBLEMS EARLIER.


 WHEN YOU FIRST CHOOSE WHICH ENDEVOR TO GO INTO, ENDEVOR REMEMBERS THIS
 FOR THE LENGTH OF THIS TSO LOGON SESSION.  IF YOU HAVE GONE INTO ONE
 ENDEVOR IMPLEMENTATION AND THEN CHOOSE TO GO INTO ANOTHER ENDEVOR
 IMPLEMENTATION, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE ENUXSITE ERROR MESSAGE.  IT MAY
 APPEAR AS THOUGH YOU HAVE GONE INTO THE SECOND ENDEVOR IMPLEMENTATION
 WHEN YOU REALLY ARE STILL REFERENCING THE FIRST ENDEVOR IMPLEMENTATION'S
 FILES.  TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM, LOG OFF AND THEN LOG ON AND CHOOSE
 THE CORRECT ENDEVOR IMPLEMENTATION.

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 12. CAN THE PERSON WHO CREATED A PACKAGE, ALSO APPROVE THAT PACKAGE?

 YES, WITH ENDEVOR THIS IS ACCEPTABLE. THIS IS THE MAIN REASON WHY
 PACKAGE QUORUMS ARE USUALLY SET TO 2.  THIS WAY A SECOND PERSON IS
 REQUIRED TO APPROVE THE PACKAGE THUS ENSURING ONE PERSON DOES NOT CHANGE
 AN ELEMENT AND MOVE IT TO PRODUCTION WITHOUT SOMEONE ELSE CONCURRING.

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 13. HOW CAN I TELL IF MY INCLUDES, COPYBOOKS AND SUBROUTINES WERE PICKED
     UP FROM TEST, HOLD OR PROD?


 VIEW THE ENDEVOR COMPONENT LIST OF THE PROGRAM THAT CALLS THE
 SUBROUTINES, INCLUDES OR COPYBOOKS.  THIS CAN BE DONE THROUGH THE
 ENDEVOR DISPLAY ELEMENTS OPTION (1.1).  ISSUE THE BX COMMAND TO VIEW
 THE COMPONENT LIST AND THEN FIND THE "INPUT COMPONENTS" SECTION.

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 14. HOW CAN I TELL IF MY ELIB LIBRARIES REQUIRE MAINTENANCE?

 YOUR ENDEVOR ADMINISTRATOR SHOULD RUN AN "INQUIRE" REPORT AGAINST EACH
 ELIB ON A WEEKLY BASIS.  SAMPLE JCL CAN BE FOUND IN
 SYSREAD.INFO.CHAMP(INQELIB).

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 15. HOW CAN I CONVERT AN ENDEVOR ELEMENT FROM ONE TYPE TO ANOTHER?

 ENDEVOR ELEMENTS CAN BE CONVERTED FROM ONE TYPE TO ANOTHER BY FOLLOWING
 THIS PROCEDURE:

 1. RETRIEVE THE EXISTING ELEMENT
 2. ADD THE ELEMENT TO THE TEST STAGE USING THE NEW TYPE
 3. MOVE THE ELEMENT TO THE HOLD STAGE USING THE NEW TYPE
 4. USING A PACKAGE, DELETE OR ARCHIVE THE ELEMENT UNDER THE OLD TYPE
 5. USING A PACKAGE, MOVE THE ELEMENT UNDER THE NEW TYPE TO PRODUCTION

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