Release Notes

Xpediter/CICS 16.05

October 21, 2016

Latest Release Notes

The Industry Leader for Maintaining Reliable, High Quality CICS Applications

Progressive and Classic Releases

What’s New in Release 16.05

Software and Hardware Requirements

Technical Notes

Known Issues

Support Resources

Latest Release Notes

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The Industry Leader for Maintaining Reliable, High Quality CICS Applications

Xpediter/CICS is the premier product choice for interactive, source-level testing of COBOL, Assembler, C, and PL/I programs. With Xpediter/CICS you can interactively analyze and test at the source code level to understand how programs process data and logic. Programmers can even see the potential impact of program logic changes before any changes are made. Xpediter automates the testing and debugging process within the development life cycle, so your applications move quickly into production--and stay there.

Users drive Xpediter/CICS sessions either through the classic character-based 3270 screens, or through the modernized Eclipse graphical user interface provided by Xpediter/Eclipse. Xpediter/Eclipse is provided at no charge and supports a large subset of Xpediter/CICS functionality.

Progressive and Classic Releases

Compuware is introducing a new release numbering system and will now offer two concurrent types of General Availability release: Classic and Progressive.

  Progressive releases provide the latest functionality and have a permanent release number, for example 17.02.00, where the first two digits are the upcoming year and the second two digits are the quarter of initial release. Licensees who choose Progressive releases acknowledge that their cumulative maintenance, which includes defect fixes and currency updates, may also require them to accept new functionality or reinstall with possible changes to the end-user experience.

  On January 1 of each year, the prior year’s Progressive release is transitioned to become that year’s Classic release. Cumulative maintenance on Classic releases will include currency updates and bug fixes, but will not introduce new functionality.

Although Progressive releases are generally backward-compatible with Classic releases of related products, new Progressive release functionality may require a related product to also be a Progressive release.

What’s New in Release 16.05

Compuware is pleased to announce the Xpediter/CICS Classic Release 16.05, which includes the following features added during the prior year’s Progressive release increments (where applicable):

August 2, 2016
Support for IBM Authentication Methods

To provide a higher level of authentication assurance for IBM z/OS applications, Xpediter/CICS (with PTF XD*P030) now supports the use of the following authentication methods:

  IBM Password Phrase Authentication for z/OS

  IBM Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS.

Refer to the Technical Notes section for important related information.

July 26, 2016

Xpediter/CICS Release 16.05 now includes support for IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V6.1 (with PTF XD*P015).

January 4, 2016
Installation & Customization
Option to Disable FORCE with the XPOF Transaction

A new Production Global Table Parameter has been added (FORCEOK) to enable installers to configure Xpediter/CICS to allow or disallow users from using the FORCE parameter with the Xpediter/CICS termination transaction XPOF.

Option to Terminate Debugging Session that have Timed Out

New Xpediter Global Table parameters allow the installer to implement a timeout feature that will terminate inactive Xpediter/CICS debugging sessions. Sessions that have had no activity within the timeout interval specified by the installer will be terminated.

Features & Functionality
Source Support Best Practices Enhancement

Compuware Source Support Best Practices recommend that Source Shared Directories (SSD) be paired with each load library and the SSD dataset name match the load library name with either the name of the load library’s last qualifier changed to SSD, or SSD appended to the load library’s name. If this practice is followed, Xpediter now automatically derives the SSD name for each listing based on the program’s load library name.

Topaz Runtime Visualization Support

Xpediter/CICS added functionality to provide debugging information for the Topaz Runtime Visualizer, the Compuware Eclipse plugin used to view a dynamic visualization of program and I/O calls presented in the sequence in which they occur.


  IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.3

-- Support for load libraries placed in the extended addressing space (EAS) of an extended address volume (EAV) DASD

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V14

  Improved debugging of IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5 Optimized Code.

October 1, 2015
Installation & Customization
Xpediter/CICS Quick Configuration Guide

The new Xpediter/CICS Quick Configuration Guide provides the basic required steps to configure, start, access, and test Xpediter at your site. This document is available on the Xpediter/CICS product documentation site at Compuware GO/FrontLine .


Xpediter/CICS now supports the new ARCH(10) Opcodes for producing Enterprise COBOL and PL/I code that uses instructions available on the 2827-xxxx (IBM zEnterprise EC12) models in z/Architecture mode.

July 1, 2015
Features & Functionality
COBOL OPT(n) Indicator

OPT is displayed at the top of Xpediter screens for any program compiled with some level of optimization or inlining. For optimized COBOL 5.1 and above programs, OPT(n) is displayed, where n is the level of optimization. For optimized C programs, either OPT or OPT(n) is displayed, depending on the level of optimization.

Support for New IBM z13 Mainframe

Xpediter/CICS operates on the latest IBM z Systems hardware.

Xpediter/CICS Maintenance Support

Compuware is committed to actively supporting its current product releases. Up-to-date product release support and retirement information is available on Compuware’s FrontLine Support - Product Currency Tables page.

Software and Hardware Requirements

The Software and Hardware Requirements section of the release notes has been standardized across all Compuware Mainframe products and their Distributed components. Please note that any versions of third-party software that are no longer supported by their vendors under standard published contracts have been removed from the Software and Hardware Requirements section and placed in the Discontinued Support section of the release notes. However, any third-party software that was supported when this Compuware product went GA will continue to be supported until this product release has reached its End of Support date. No functionality has been removed from the product.

For further information about IBM System z software and hardware compatibility--specifically regarding IBM's z/OS Recommended Service Upgrade, IBM's Extended Address Volumes, IBM DB2 for z/OS, and z/OS product compatibility--refer to .

Hardware Platforms

  Mainframe Systems:

-- z13

-- zEC12, zBC12

-- z196, z114

-- z10-EC/BC

-- z9-EC/BC

-- z900, z990

-- z800, z890

Operating Systems

  IBM z/OS V1.12, 1.13, 2.1, 2.2

  IBM ISPF for the supported z/OS releases

Major Subsystems

  IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

  IBM DB2 for z/OS V9.1, 10.1, 11.1, 12.1

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V11.1, 12.1, 13.1, 14.1

  IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS V7.0.1, 7.1, 8.0

Languages (under IBM Language Environment for supported z/OS releases and in compatibility mode)

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V3.4, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 (with PTF XD*P015)

  IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS V3.9, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

  IBM XL C/C++ for supported z/OS releases. Note: Support is limited to C, not C++.

Non-LE Languages

  IBM High Level Assembler for z/OS, z/VM, and z/VSE V1.6


  Compuware Products and Components:

-- Enterprise Common Components (ECC) 16.05.00 1 or Compuware Shared Services 9.0 and License Management System 4.0

1 Compuware Shared Services 16.5 is now part of the Enterprise Common Components 16.5 single install image.

Discontinued Support

This is the last release to support the following:

  z/OS V1

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V11.1 and 12.1

  IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS V3.9, 4.2

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V3.4

Contact Compuware Customer Support for information on releases not mentioned above.

Xpediter/CICS requires no modifications to CICS control programs. Installation requires updating CICS resources in the same manner as any CICS application package.

Xpediter/CICS cannot be used to debug executable modules that reside in CA Technologies CA-Panexec® libraries.

Technical Notes

  To enable IBM Password Phrase Authentication for z/OS when connecting via Topaz Workbench, see the step entitled “Install and Customize for Xpediter/Eclipse” in the Xpediter/CICS Installation and Configuration Guide and follow the instructions there. In Figure 3-10, parameter MSGLEN is shown set to 61. To use Password Phrase Authentication, set MSGLEN to 512.

  A currently supported release of either Compuware Workbench, Topaz, or Topaz Workbench is required for Xpediter/Eclipse testing in a CICS region running on a different LPAR from the one running the Host Communication Interface (HCI) task to which the Workbench is connected.

Known Issues

Xpediter transaction XPOF may fail in CICS TS 5.1 or above, if Omegamon or CA-ENF are in use. For Omegamon, see APAR OA42454 for more information. For CA-ENF, obtain fix RO66173 for release 14.0 or fix RO66175 for release 14.1.

Product Documentation

The product installation package does not include the product documentation. The following Xpediter/CICS documentation is available in electronic format on the product documentation site at Compuware’s FrontLine customer support website, .

  Release Notes in HTML format

  The product manuals in PDF format, which may include a PDX index file and associated folder.

Access the Xpediter/CICS documentation on the FrontLine documentation site at .

PDF and PDX Files

View and print the PDF files with Adobe Reader version 6.0 or more current. Download a free copy of the reader from Adobe’s website, .

Note: With a few minor exceptions, the provided PDF files comply with the requirements of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

How to Use a PDX File to Search a Compuware Documentation Set

Compuware creates a PDX file for each release of every mainframe product. The file is available in ZIP format on FrontLine, Compuware’s customer support website, along with this README and a folder containing two data files. By pre-cataloging the content of the product’s PDFs, the PDX file allows you to quickly search across the entire documentation set without having to search each PDF individually.

To use the PDX file for a Compuware product:

1. Go to FrontLine ( ) and navigate to the Documentation page for the desired product.

2. Download all of the PDF files for that product to the same local directory. (The Compuware Installer PDF is only cataloged in the Enterprise Common Components PDX file.)

3. Download the ZIP containing the product’s index file.

4. Extract the contents of the ZIP, sending it to the same directory as the PDF files. Be sure to select “All files/folders in archive” and “Use folder names.”

5. Double click the product’s PDX file (< product >Index.pdx). A Search dialog box will appear with the index pre-selected.

6. Enter a word or phrase to search for. To optimize your search, select one or more qualifiers such as “Whole words only,” then click Search.

Your search results will appear almost instantly, grouped by document. Each document with results can be expanded to show a list of matches, with each match including a brief sample of the context in which it occurred. Every match is hyperlinked to the specific page in the PDF where it was found, enabling you to quickly locate the information you’re looking for.

HTML Format

For your convenience, Compuware also provides the Xpediter/CICS manuals in the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format. View HTML files with any standard web browser. Click the icon in the HTML column on the selected FrontLine Documentation page.

Support Resources
Compuware GO Support Website

Access online technical support for Compuware products via our Compuware GO (FrontLine) support website. View or download documentation, frequently asked questions, and product fixes, or directly e-mail Compuware with questions or comments. To access Compuware GO, you must first register and obtain a password at .

Online Documentation

Documentation for this product is provided in the following electronic formats:

  PDF files: Portable Document Format (PDF) files can be accessed from the Compuware GO support website, and are provided on the installation media (if ordered). They can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader, available at . If you encounter a problem opening a PDF, you may be using an unsupported version of the Adobe Reader. Access the Adobe website and download the most current version.

  HTML files: This version of the documentation can be accessed from the Compuware GO support website and viewed with any standard Web browser.

World Wide Web

Compuware’s site on the World Wide Web provides information about Compuware and its products. The address is .

Contacting Compuware Customer Support

At Compuware, we strive to make our products and documentation the best in the industry. Feedback from our customers helps us to maintain our quality standards.

Questions about any Xpediter product or comments on this document should be directed to:

Xpediter/CICS Customer Support
Compuware Corporation
One Campus Martius
Detroit, MI 48226-5099

Outside the USA and Canada, please contact your local Compuware office or agent.

If problems occur, consult your manual or the Xpediter/CICS technical support representative at your site.

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