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Action Soft is the solutions provider of over 90% of French users of Bull GCOS8 technology.



SARD8 is used for the ultra-rapid backup and restoration of all files and F.M.S. structures on one or several disks.

With great ease, the user can :

  • Save one or all structures (UMC, Catalogs, Files, DEVICE, VOLUME-SET) on a magnetic device such as a disk, tape or cartridge. SARD8 carries out data compression, double backup and the allocation of supports, either dynamically or by means of JCLs.
  • Copy all or part of the data and F.M.S. structures. From disk to disk, volume to volume or structure to structure.
  • Restore all or part of a backup file in the same structures or in different structures.

DOONLY, DONTDO, and SINCE options are available for all commands.
All structure characteristics are reinstated during copying and restoration operations (permissions, access, etc.).
The data copies are purely physical, thus optimizing file organization time.
SARD8 handles disks and all types of magnetic devices via the integrated TMS8 interface.

A detailed execution report is provided for each command. With SARD8, two optional modules are available :

  • SARD8-IBS (Interactive Base Sard8) : Recording of SARD8 backups. Automatic recording without modification of SARD8 directives. A specific program deletes obsolete information from the base. This program may be executed automatically after the TMS8 "SCRATCH/MOVE" program.
  • SARD8-ICM (Integrity Control Management) : Integrity Control Management module. The ICM module automatically manages DDBA and SRMK marks setting, when one or several files protected by Integrity Control are saved. ICM ensures automatic restoration of one or several files in a coherent state (Restoration + Rollforward). It filters and saves useful data from the History Log.

SARD8 and its SARD8-IBS and SARD8-ICM modules provide a comprehensive backup manager for BULL GCOS8 systems.


Determined by its external configuration, DTP8 provides valuable help in both development environments as well as in TP8 transactions.
During development DTP8 offers the possibility of displaying, instantaneously and in real time, all transactions, directly on screen and/or on file for editing or printing.
  • Data display : by criteria (WORKSTATION LID, TPR, Date/Time...), by type (INPUT/OUTPUT messages , DISPLAYS, DML verbs, TP8 call...)
  • Events Display : Display of TPRs, beginning and end of transactions, end of TPR with consumption (LAPSE, CP, I/O), Checkpoint, Sleeping, conversation, INPUT and/or OUTPUT message with or without text, DML verbs , TP8 Call , Deadlock ...
In a production environment, equipped with variable parameter level system, DTP8 automatically controls TPR execution (TPR or conversation loops, maximum number of DML verbs, maximum number of TP8 calls, … ). Furthermore, a transparent memory system displays the transactions with abnormal endings (Abort or Deadlock). Easy to use, DTP8 requires no transaction modifications.

VIEW is an ultra-rapid interactive tool, which displays real-time information concerning the environment and system performance.
This information is provided either on the screen or on file for printing.

  • Host configuration : Number of CP, IOP, CHANNELS, DEVICES, MEMORY etc.
  • FMS Structures : Master list sorted according to criteria, SMC and PMC display, catalog and file characteristics, catalog and file search, etc.
  • TSS Information : Users connected and their activity. Display of users’ USTs and AFTs etc.
  • Process : List of jobs with their parameters, scheduler list, workstations list, jobs status, sysout use etc.
    Integrity Control : Display of the integrity control directory per log, together with its attributes.
  • Network : List of connected lines.

VIEW allows certain privileged actions to be carried out : System console verbs, System console messages and queries, UMC update, TSS messages.
VIEW provides help commands for each function.
A validation system enables hierarchical access to VIEW's functions.