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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on May 28, 2024

Allow the CSM DSCLI for Z logs directory to point to a user-specified location.

Modify the CSM DSCLI for Z product such that the logs directory, and any other directory the product writes to, can be directed to another location than the product's install location, currently CSM_ProductionRoot/logs. This would be an environment variable or option specified on the DSCLI command line, a DD in invocation JCL or the like.


It is typical to install and customize the zOS sysres in a single location, then deploy its runtime filesystems to other sysplexes with no subsequent modification, especially in the case of zOS USS sysplex-shared version filesystems, which are mounted read-only, and replaced fresh with every sysres switch. This means that running SAMPLIB(IWNINST2) in every destination sysplex to redefine CSM_ProductionRoot to a writeable filesystem is less than ideal,  and a bad practice in a modern business environment, especially for larger enterprises.


Redirecting the logs directory to another filesystem would effect separation of runtimes and log files, which is important with increased focus on security; and reduce software deployment effort.

Idea priority Medium