Important Information - Address Change
My address will be changing October 1st, 2007 to the
Bradley V. Stone
Mankato, MN 56001
If you require an updated W9 or any other information
with this new address, please contact Bradley at
RPG Skills Accellerator 2 Now Available
Bradley has just completed the RPG
Skills Accellerator 2 manual. This manual is a great
addition to the already popular RPG
Skills Accellerator which was released a few years
Topics included in this new manual are:
- Command Processing using RPG
- Making the most of eRPG Toolkits
- Using Pointers in RPG Programs
- Debugging RPG Programs
- Many more!
This new manual will be distributed by Rochester
Initiative and available soon.
You can view more of the training manuals and books
written by Bradley at the following link:
Keeping BVSTools.com Software Log Files in
Many software offerings from BVSTools.com include the
use of log files that periodically should be cleared or
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.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Added to
has now been updated to allow the use of SSL enabled
mail servers through the functionality of the MAILTOOL
This means that if you are a current user of MAILTOOL
and MAILTOOL Plus and SSL is being used, or will be used
in the future, for your mail router or delivery the
functionality will be there.
An example of this is using GMail from Google. Google
recently put together applications for businesses,
including email support. Should you use this service, or
another like it, you may be required to use SSL to
PLAIN and LOGIN authentication was also recently
added to MAILTOOL Plus. This is a feature that is
lacking in the IBM SMTP server and comes in very handy
if you are using a mail router or delivering email to
servers that require authentication.
I thank all of the users that suggest updates and
enhancements as well as report bugs. With any of my
software should you need a new feature, or find a bug,
please feel free to send this information to us.
You can download the latest version of MAILTOOL by clicking
Interested in GUI Front-Ends for Software?
BVSTools.com is interested in knowing if any
customers would be interested in GUI front ends for any
of our software.
For example, SPLTOOL or MAILTOOL could have GUI front
ends developed for them (most likely web-based thin
clients) allowing users to get away from the
If you are interested, please contact
us to let us know!
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 temporary storage.
This includes BVSTools.com software like SPLTOOL,
MAILTOOL and AFPTOOL. To fix this, use the following
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://docs.bvstools.com/home.
AFP Tool (AFPTOOL) - Convert AFPDS Documents to
PDF and More!
Tool (AFPTOOL) allows you to convert AFPDS spooled
files to PDF, TIFF or PCL documents with one easy
As part of the SPLTOOL
will automatically be used to convert AFPDS type spooled
files when any of the SPLTOOL command is used. This
includes SPL2EMAIL, SPL2FTP, SPL2STMF or SPL2FLR!
No more wondering what command to use, now with AFPTOOL
and SPLTOOL installed, one command will convert both SCS
and AFPDS Spooled Files.
As with any software, if there are any features you
would like to see added, feel free to contact us with
For more information on AFPTOOL,
feel free to visit http://www.bvstools.com/afptool.html
contact us directly.
You can find more software offerings from BVSTools at