Better impact analysis with DSPPGMREF

The IBM i Control Language (CL) provides such a rich set of commands that even after almost 30 years, I can still discover something really useful. DSPPGMREF is a case in point:

The Display Program References (DSPPGMREF) command provides a list of the system objects referred to by the specified programs.

Usefully, I can select all programs in a library and direct the output to a database file:


This gives me a table showing every object referenced by every program in library LSCLIB which means that identifying the potential impact of (for example) a change to a table is only a simple query away.

The program or programs to search can be *ALL, as above, or a single program name or a generic name. And if I use this:


I’ve captured everything.

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