About the CFTUTIL interface

CFTUTIL is the command line interface for Transfer CFT. The Transfer CFT utility is a program which can be activated in batch or interactive mode. The CFTUTIL interface is able to translate Transfer CFT parameter setting commands and operating commands.


All Transfer CFT actions are controlled by a series of Transfer CFT commands. For a complete listing of all Transfer CFT commands, a description of their function, and a link to the specific command topic, refer to the Command index.

The commands which can be interpreted by CFTUTIL are associated with:

  • Transfer CFT configuration, which is the customization for a given operating environment
  • Transfer CFT use, which includes the initiation and monitoring of transfers

The following topics contain additional information on how to set up Transfer CFT and incorporate file transfers into application processing systems: use of end-of-transfer procedures, symbolic variables, and so on.

The typographical conventions used in the Transfer CFT documentation are described the next topic, Typographical conventions. These conventions specify the syntax used in the description of Transfer CFT commands.

Command syntax

For each command, CFTUTIL checks the command syntax and enters the command. See also Typographical conventions.

CFTUTIL makes it possible to create the working environment and configure the Transfer CFT application, performing the following operations:

  • Create and delete parameter, partner, catalog, log, and account files. Such operations can be performed only when the Transfer CFT is stopped
  • Change and add to certain parameters
  • View parameter, partner, catalog, log, and account files
  • Send commands to Transfer CFT

CFTUTIL command categories

The CFTUTIL commands can be divided into three categories:

  • Transfer CFT services
  • Querying and extracting
  • File management

When querying or extracting, the files read do not necessarily correspond to the ones which the Transfer CFT monitor is currently using. The files accessed can be selected for a CFTUTIL execution, using the CONFIG command.

The CONFIG command redefines the data media that the CFTUTIL utility uses.

A medium, in the Transfer CFT meaning of the term, refers to any data medium or local communication means.


CFTUTIL can be used in three different modes, without prior intervention. These modes are:

  • Command mode, for example:
  • Batch mode, for example:
> CFTUTIL #file.smp
  • Interactive line mode, for example:
> CFTUTIL [to start CFTUTIL]

> /END [to quit CFTUTIL]

Note In all modes you can use the command EXIT to quit CFTUTIL.

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