BVSTools will be incorporating January 1, 2009
As of January 1st, 2009 we will be doing business as
BVSTools, Inc. This means that all invoices, payments,
etc. should be addressed as such.
For each order that is made on or after January 1st,
2009 we will be including a new W9 form that you will
need to forward to your AP department for vendor setup.
If you require this form before making an order, simply
ask and we are happy to provide this for you.
Keeping BVSTools.com Software Log Files in Check
Many software offerings from BVSTools.com include the
use of log files that periodically should be cleared
Software such as SPLTOOL
include such log files.
With SPLTOOL, the file SPLLOGPF is used to log commands
that are run from within SPLTOOL.
With MAILTOOL, MLTLOGPF file is used to log emails
sent using MAILTOOL.
These files can potentially fill up causing a MSGW
status on your applications. Because of this, you will
need to write your own routine to archive and/or delete
records from these files.
Custom Solutions Programming Available
We here at BVSTools have recently been performing more
and more custom programming solutions for our customers
with great results!
Most programming solutions deal with creating web applications
using RPG or writing applications that use our GETURI
application to communicate with web services to retrieve
data from banks, government entities, or even credt
If you require assistance with any projects, please
don't hesitate to contact us.
PDF Encryption/Password Protection added to SPLTOOL
SPLTOOL and AFPTOOL have been updated to include an
option to encrypt and password protect the PDF that
is created be either of these solutions.
This feature is as easy to use as specifying a password
on the Password parmameter now included with any of
the SPLTOOL commands (SPL2EMAIL, SPL2FTP, SPL2STMF,
or SPL2FLR) or the AFPTOOL command.
The requirements for these latest versions are at least
V5R2 of the OS and JDK 1.4 or higher installed.
You can download the latest version of SPLTOOL by clicking
You can download the latest version of AFPTOOL by clicking
JOBWATCH Updated to Monitor for Specific Job Names
Job Watch (JOBWATCH) has been updated so that not only
will it monitor for jobs in a particular state, but
will also allow you to watch that certain jobs are running.
As an example, let's assume you want to make sure a
job named TRIGGER is running. You simply set up this
job name in JOBWATCH, specify the minimum number of
jobs that should be running and you're set!
If JOBWATCH finds that this job is not running (or
the number of jobs running is less than the minimum
specified) the command that you specify will be run,
making it easy to notify yourself or an administrator
via email, fax, or even SMS text message.
You can download the latest version of JOBWATCH by
Have an Idea for a New Solution?
Most if not all of our software was created because
either we had a need for it, or our customers requested
a specific solution. The chances are if you need it,
most others do.
We encourage our customers to contact us with any needs
they may have for custom applications or tools.
If your shop doesn't have the time and/or manpower,
we are happy to help fill the gaps when we can.
Us for more information or to share your needs and
This week's FAQ Snap Shot is taken from the main FAQ
page located at http://www.bvstools.com/faq.html.
Q: I just upgraded to V5R3 (or higher). Are there
any updates I need for any of your software?
A: IBM made some "security" changes to V5R3 (and above)
and didn't make them very well known. This change affects
almost all software that uses the /tmp directory for
This includes BVSTools.com software like SPLTOOL, MAILTOOL
and AFPTOOL. To fix this, use the following command:
CHGATR OBJ('/tmp') ATR(*RSTDRNMUNL) VALUE(*NO)
Here for the IBM APAR details on this issue.
More FAQs can be found at
http://www.bvstools.com/faq.html. FAQs specific
to software can be found in the software documentation
section at http://sites.google.com/a/bvstools.com/documentation/home.
eMail Tool (MAILTOOL) - The Best System i email
- Easily send emails with or without attachments from
- Easily add custom footers to each email sent via
the MAILTOOL command
- Send emails in text or HTML format
- Use an existing stream file as the body of the message
- Use wildcards with attachments.
- MUCH more useful and powerful than the SNDDST command
- 100% iSeries native application!
MAILTOOL Plus* Adds the following Features:
- Totally bypass and forget about using the often-times
troublesome IBM SMTP server
- SMTP Authentication
- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) over SMTP
- Create personal and customizable distribution lists
to send to multiple recipients
- Import IBM distribution lists into MAILTOOL distribution
- Easy tracking of emails that were not sent with
the option to resend
- Superior debugging making tracking down problems
with email much quicker
- Built in to MAILTOOL, no separate download required.
Activate with a simple registration key
For more information on MAILTOOL,
feel free to visit http://www.bvstools.com/mailtool.html
contact us directly.
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