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z/OS UNIX – Working with z/OS UNIX 2.5


4 hours


This course discusses commonly used interfaces to z/OS UNIX and then concentrates on common tasks and how they are performed within those interfaces. Interfaces covered include: OMVS Shell, ISPF Shell, ISPF’s z/OS UNIX Directory List Utility, and batch processing. You will also see how shell scripts are created, and will be introduced to code that is used to perform common z/OS UNIX tasks. Finally, you will discover how file security is structured and managed within z/OS UNIX, and look at some of the methods used to perform backup and recovery of z/OS UNIX files.


Application programmers, system programmers and anyone else needing to interact with z/OS UNIX directories and files.


Completion of Interskill’s “Interacting with the z/OS UNIX System” course or equivalent knowledge.


    After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe how to Enter UNIX, TSO, and Subcommands in the OMVS Shell
  • Use various interfaces to perform common z/OS UNIX tasks
  • Create a simple shell script
  • Describe how permission bits are used to define; read, write, and execute access to z/OS UNIX Files

Course Content

z/OS UNIX Tasks

Displaying Your Logon Details
Displaying Environment Variable Values
Displaying File and Directory Attributes
Creating Files and Directories
Browsing and Editing File Content
Copying Between z/OS UNIX and z/OS
Renaming and Deleting Files and Directories
Comparing File and Directory Content
Mounting a File System
Displaying a List of z/OS UNIX Users
Defining and Managing z/OS UNIX Users
Managing Processes

Creating and Running z/OS Shell Scripts

What is a Shell Script?
Creating a Shell Script
Combining Shell Commands
Coding Comments
Executing a Shell Script
Evaluating an Arithmetic Expression
Exporting Variables
Test Conditions
If Conditional
While and For Loop
Nested Control Structures

Managing z/OS UNIX File Systems

Sticky Bit
Access Control Lists
Auditing File Access
z/OS UNIX Backup Products
Backup and Recovery using TSO Commands
Backup Shell Commands

z/OS UNIX – Working with z/OS UNIX 2.5 Mastery Test

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