Sets the next value of a specified resource counter, and optionally
enables automatic rollback when a specified limit is reached.
Duplicate values are avoided.
SETCOUNTER [COUNTER=] [ INSP ]
[ OUTSP ]
[ JOBNUM ]
[ SESSNUM ]
[; BASE = <num>]
[; MAX = <num>]
INSP Specifies the input spoolid counter.
OUTSP Specifies the output spoolid counter.
JOBNUM Specifies the job number counter.
SESSNUM Specifies the session number counter.
The target counter (INSP, OUTSP, etc.) is only
optional if the SHOW option is used by itself to
display BASE and MAX values for all counters without
changing any of them. For any other form of the
command, the target counter is a required parameter.
<num> A positive integer. For MAX, <num> may also equal
zero. A non-zero <num> for MAX must be less than or
equal to the maximum possible value for that
counter. Those values are:
INSP -- 9999999
OUTSP -- 9999999
JOBNUM -- 16383
SESSNUM -- 16383
For BASE, <num> must be less than MAX, except when MAX = 0.
The SETCOUNTER command makes it possible to specify limits other
than 1 and the maximum possible value of one of four counters (but
within that range). You may set limits for one counter with each
use of the command and, therefore, you must invoke the command
four times to change the limits of all four counters.
You may also use the SETCOUNTER command to display the current
values of these limits. One invocation of the command is
necessary to display all four limits.
To set a maximum operating value for the specified counter and
enable its operation, enter a positive value for MAX. Specify
MAX=0 to disable the operation, that is, the counter's limit is
then its maximum possible value. Omitting MAX leaves its previous
value in force. Once MAX is reached, the next value tried is the
BASE value. If a non-zero MAX is specified, it must be greater
than the current BASE for the corresponding counter, but less than
the maximum possible value.
Entering the BASE keyword immediately yanks the counter to the
specified value. If you supply a value, it must be less than
the supplied or current value of MAX (other than 0), and
in any case, less than the maximum possible value. If you do
not specify BASE, it is not changed, nor is current sequencing
For each counter, duplicate values are avoided. For example, if
#O10 is in use when due to be assigned as the next output spoolid,
it is skipped and #O11 is tried. This process continues until an
available value is found.
The defaults, established when the system is booted, are MAX=0 and
BASE=1. This is for backward compatibility; if these settings are
not changed, the system will operate as it does today. These boot
time settings can be modified by including one or more instances of
this command in SYSSTART.PUB.SYS.
The SHOW option can be used alone to display the current values of
BASE and MAX for a specified counter or for all four counters. If
used in addition to either BASE or MAX, the value(s) displayed are
the new setting(s).
This command may be issued from a session, job, program, or in
Break. Any display specified by the SHOW option is breakable, but
command operation is not. Any user may execute this command with
only the SHOW option to display current values of BASE, Next, and
MAX for the specified counter (or all counters if none is
specified). When changing either value, this command may be
o At a console session
o By a user with SM capability
o By any user who has been allowed the use of the SETCOUNTER
command with the ALLOW command
To display the current BASE, Next, MAX, and maximum possible values
for all four counters, enter:
SETCOUNTER ; SHOW
COUNTER BASE Next MAX maximum
-------------- ---------- ---------- ---------- -----------
Input spoolid 1 172 16383 9999999
Output spoolid 1 1872 32767 9999999
Job number 1 172 0 16383
Session number 1 2753 0 16383
To limit input spoolids to the same range as their corresponding
SETCOUNTER INSP; MAX=16383