FAQs(316 to 330)

316) Difference between TSQ & TDQ

A) TDQ is read destructive, TSQ is not. TSQ can be created dynamically, TDQ cannot be created dynamically. TSQ is

temporary in nature (i.e. it will be deleted when the program finishes execution, unless it is made permanent by

making a entry in the Temporary Storage Table), TDQ is not.

317) What is ENQ in CICS?

A) If any one want to restrict Trans-Id to single user, enter trans-id with ENQ. It won't allow any one else to use the

same trans-id.

318) In SYMBOLIC Cursor Positioning after moving -1 to the length field also the cursor is not positioned in that particular field. Give reasons?

A) You have to explicitly specify the word CURSOR between your EXEC CICS and END-EXEC in the program.

319) What does EIB mean?


monitors or transaction processors are know as EXECUTIVEs as they carry out process on behalf of a program

module. CICS and DB2 are executives.

320) How many exceptional condition can be given in a HANDLE CONDITION?

A) Max. of 12 exceptional conditions can be given in a single HANDLE CONDITION.

321) How do you access the records randomly in TSQ ?

A) By specifying the ITEM option

322) What command do you issue to delete a record in a transient data queue ?

A) READQ TD, the read is destructive.

323) What are different ways of initiating transaction in CICS ?

A) We can initiate cics transaction a) by giving transaction id b) by giving cics start command c) automatic task


324) What is the difference between LINK and XCTL ?

A) The XCTL command passes control to another program, but the resources requested by the first program may still

be allocated. A task does not end until a RETURN statement is executed. While in LINK command, program control

resumes its instruction following the LINK parameter. The disadvantage of LINK is that it requires that both the

calling program and the called program remain in main memory even though both are no longer needed.

325) What is the difference between CICS Program Control Table (PCT) and CICS Processing Program Table (PPT) ?

A) PCT contains a list of valid transaction ID. Each transaction ID is paired with the name of the program ,CICS will

load and execute when the transaction is invoked. On the other hand, PPT indicates each program's location which

pertains to a storage address if the program has already been loaded or a disk location if the program hasn't been

loaded. PPT will also be used to determine whether it will load a new copy of the program when the transaction is


326) What are the 3 common ways to create maps?

A) The first way is to code a physical map and then code a matching symbolic map in your COBOL program. The

second way to create a physical map along with a matching symbolic map is to code only the physical map using the

&SYSPARM option, CICS will automatically create a member in a COPY library. And the third way is to use a

map generator such as SDF (Screen Definition Facility)

327) What is Quasi-reentrancy?

A) There are times when many users are concurrently using the same program, this is what we call MultiThreading. For

example, 50 users are using program A, CICS will provide 50 Working storage for that program but one Procedure

Division. And this technique is known as quasi-reentrancy

328) What is the difference between a physical BMS mapset and a logical BMS mapset?

A) The physical mapset is a load module used to map the data to the screen at execution time. The symbolic map is the actual copybook member used in the program to reference the input and output fields on the screen.

329) How To Set MDT(Modified Data Tag) Thru Application Program?(Dynamically)?

A) You have to move the following macro DFHBMFSE to the Attribute field of that particular Variable.

330) What CICS facilities can you use to save data between the transactions?