MacKinney Systems, Inc.

Released On: 02/06/2014

TRACK V7.1 is now available for use in the following environments:

  • VSE/ESA, z/VSE - CICS 1.7 - 2.3, CICS TS 1.1
  • OS/390, z/OS - CICS 4.1, CICS TS 1.1 - 5.1

As well as consolidating fixes for all known problems, version 7.1 incorporates the following enhancements:

Cursor Selection
Because a function can now be selected from a menu by positioning the cursor and pressing the enter key (click and enter for most session emulators or double click on some emulators) the ZOOM key has now been removed from all menu displays to free up the allocated key for other uses.

The click and enter technique should now be used whenever selecting an item from a list e.g. source and link directories, link map to select a module for source display, halt lists (for change or delete), keep item lists (for delete), debug control lists (for change or delete).

One important use of this technique is on the source display where positioning the cursor on a statement number and pressing enter will either set a halt point at that statement if none exists or turn off an existing halt point. Positioning the cursor over a variable name and pressing enter will display the current value of the variable in a data window.

Positioning the cursor over a command name in the PF key area and pressing enter causes the action associated with the command to be performed.

Halt Point Management
The halt Point Management functions have been revised so that  the change and delete functions can now be selected directly from the View/Chg/Delete Halt Points display. The change function is now selected by positioning the cursor and pressing enter and the delete function by positioning the cursor and pressing the DELete key.

Controlling Debugging
The Monitor Controls menu (menu 8) has been revised and rename Control Debugging. The view/change/delete functions for debug controls, direct branch programs, debug relationships and excluded resources are no longer separate functions but are accessed via the relevant display functions.

The Add Monitor Controls screen (function =8.2) has been renamed Define Debugging and restructured. An additional field 'run debug session at' has been added to permit the definition of a separate/non-terminal debugging session directly from the Define Debugging screen eliminating the need to use a separate Define Debug Relationship function although the separate capability is retained for compatibility with previous releases.

The Define Routines/Tables function has been rename Define Direct Entry Programs and the table definition aspect has been withdrawn as it is seldom used in modern CICS environments and the action can be achieved using the Define Permissions screen within the on-line TRACK system maintenance facilities.

Group command
The Group command now permits the use of variable names in group item subscripts.

Keep item display

The keep item display now contains a line to identify the program and module to which the items relate in order to clarify the display when keep items have been defined in multiple programs and modules.

Repeat Find Command
The Repeat Find command can now be typed in the command field as RF to cater for the situation where the command is not available via a function key.

On-line System Maintenance
Definitions of program permissions, file access permissions and TSQ access permissions added or deleted via the system maintenance sub-system are now dynamically added or deleted from a running TRACK system so that the changes are implemented immediately instead of waiting until the TRACK system is restarted.

Source Processor
The source processor has been completely revised and restructured to improve reliability and maintainability.

Session File Maintenance
Program TRCKMSES now incorporates a delete function and may be used periodically to delete older records based on either a specific date or a number of days.