Icetool Versus Dfsort

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Which one would you use if you had to choose between icetool or dfsort?

Guest Says:
There is alot mroe to it then that, you have to know what your requirements are before you decide which sort tools to use. Anyways it doesn't matter which you use, they both probably get the job done but icetool has more features on it, but most probably prefer dfsort.

Frank Yaeger Says:
It's not a "versus" situation.  If you have DFSORT, then DFSORT's ICETOOL is available as well.  Although there is some overlap between what you can do with DFSORT and what you can do with DFSORT's ICETOOL, in general they perform different functions, so you would choose the one that does what you need doing.

If you're not familiar with DFSORT and DFSORT's ICETOOL, I'd suggest reading through "z/OS DFSORT:  Getting Started".  It's an excellent tutorial, with lots of examples, that will show you how to use DFSORT, DFSORT's ICETOOL and DFSORT Symbols.  You can access it online, along with all of the other DFSORT books, from:

Frank Yaeger - DFSORT Development Team (IBM) -  
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