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Run Linux commands on Windows via cmder

I know a lot about Linux commands and run them on Linux and IBM i, but never found a tool that could do it on windows until today.  If you have to run on windows and would like access to :

  • ls, grep, cat, tail, vim, ssh, scp, phpcli (via setting your windows path), etc..
  • history of commands
  • color coded screen
  • full screen

You can download cmder @ http://cmder.net/

I guess I won’t need Putty or Google’s ssh client app anymore and goodbye cmd.exe.

Shout out to @tweetjbh for recommending it

Setting a default SQL library and library list on a ODBC connection for a IBMi DB2 connection in Windows and Linux

UPDATE: In a JDBC connection using JTOpen 400, library lists are only used when the connection properties is set to naming=system;libraries=MYLIB1,MYLIB AND there’s no default “Schema=” or default schema in the Database URL (i.e. jdbc:as400:MYIBMI/DEFAULTSCHEMA). I’m unsure if this is the same way in ODBC.

ODBC allows you to set a Default SQL Schema or Library and a Library list. This allows you to point your application at different IBMi DB2 libraries.  This could be used so you can have a development, qa, and production libraries and have your application change what data it uses based on your odbc settings.  This also allows you to not need to fully qualify your table names such as SELECT * FROM MYLIB.MYTABLE would be come just SELECT * FROM MYTABLE .  They way this happens is  the default library will by tried first {DefaultLibrary}.MYTABLE and if it doesn’t find it in there it will try the libraries in the library list {library_list…}.MYTABLE [MYLIB1.MYTABLE, MYLIB2.MYTABLE …] .

Below is how to set this up in Windows and in Linux environments.  Make sure you’ve done the steps in this guide to get the odbc driver: https://godzillai5.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/execute-sql-remotely-on-an-ibm-i-via-phps-pdo-odbc-from-a-windows-linux-or-mac/ (mainly this guide http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1010355)

Windows (ODBC Administration)

Its under the server tab of ODBC Administration tools in windows.  This tool can be found at

C:\Windows\System32\odbcad32.exe – 32 bit
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe – 64 bit

You then select your data-source name, configure the data-source, go to the server tab, enter your Default SQL Schema or Library, and the Library list for this connection.


Linux (unixODBC Manager)

edit the /etc/odbc.ini. 

1) add your default library to DefaultPkgLibrary

2) add your library list to DefaultLibraries 

Description = iSeries Access ODBC Driver DSN for iSeries
Driver = iSeries Access ODBC Driver
System = iSeriesSystemName
UserID =
Password =
Naming = 0
DefaultLibraries = MYLIB,MYLIB2,MYLIB3
Database =
ConnectionType = 0
CommitMode = 2
ExtendedDynamic = 0
DefaultPkgLibrary = MYLIB
DefaultPackage = A/DEFAULT(IBM),2,0,1,0,512
AllowDataCompression = 1
LibraryView = 0
AllowUnsupportedChar = 0
ForceTranslation = 0
Trace = 0


Below is the JDBC connection string with system naming on and the library list to use.  Default schema can’t be specified or it won’t use the libraries.



1. Change the library list in the job description (JOBD) for the ODBC connection. Do a WRKACTJOB and look for QZDASOINIT jobs handles connections and see what JOBD they are using and change it to include the libraries you need.
2. Call the Stored procedure QCMDEXC to run ADDLIBLE.


This will add the library to the library list entries.

Faster Alternatives to FTP for uploading files from Linux or Windows

FTP is great, but when your looking to send files quickly over the network you may want to look at the commands: scp, rcp, and pscp.  The use case scenario my friend Chuk brought up is the initial load of a project with many dependencies that were quickly retrieved from the internet but pushing to the hosting server is slower.  On a Mac or Linux box you just need to get to the terminal to use the command and on Windows you just need to use Putty.  The links below will show you how to use them:


SCP – Secure Copy


RCP – Remote file copy


“-C option for compression should also be used to increase speed. The effect of compression, however, will only significantly increase speed if your connection is very slow. “

Windows to Linux

Download Putty

pscp – PuTTY Secure Copy


Other reasons for your file transfer being slow could be a slow connection to the server which if you can upgrade your connection, routers and internet connect to gigabit or better you’ll remove some of these issues