Configure send mode on IFS

File types

The following table lists the different types of files that can be used according to the type of data to be sent when using IFS.

Note The FRECFM possibilities for all FTYPE are: ‘V’, ‘F’, and ‘ ’ .
FTYPE Type of sent file
‘S’ Text
‘D’ , ‘ ’ Text
‘E’ Text
‘Z’ Binary

Stream text is an alternative way to transfer a text file. Every line of a file must end with an LF or CR/LF. However, during a transfer the CR/LF are changed to LFs. This enables a quicker reading, and a faster transfer.

When using stream text (FTYPE=J), the sender and the receiver must both have the FTYPE set to J. Setting only the sender or receiver to FTYPE=J results in unexpected content for the transferred file.

Note This transfer mode is not available for native side transfers.


When sending a file from the part of an IBM i machine in text mode, the file is expected to be a standard text file. This means that every line of the file to transfer is finished either by a LF, either by a CR/LF. If not, the file is considered to be binary and Transfer CFT cannot read it. Use the binary mode to allow it to be transferred.

Sending a group of IFS files

Send using a generic name

This section describes how to send a group of files using a send command where there is one transfer per file.

When defining the filename, you must put a <file-symb> character (system-specific) before the FNAME parameter value. Transfer CFT IBM i environments use the ‘#’ and ‘£’ symbols.

Use one of the following commands to send a group of files using a generic name:

SEND FNAME=#path_name/wildcards


CFTSEND FNAME=#path_name/wildcards

The FNAME parameter is set to a generic name that includes wildcard characters. In this type of send, only the selected files are sent.

A receiving Transfer CFT can specify the name of each file received via the symbolic variables:

  • ?FPATH the file path of the sending file, and
  • ?FROOT the file name of the sending file



FNAME = “#/home/send/FIC*.*”, FRECVFM = V


FNAME = “/home/recv/?FROOT”,


Send using an IFS file that contains a list of files

These rules apply to the structure of the file containing a list of files:

  • A record can contain only one file name
  • Each file name must be listed in the first column
  • The file names must be written in EBCDIC




If the file FICLIST contains the following lists:

  • /home/send/FIC1
  • /home/send/FIC2
  • /home/send/FIC3

Then the files FIC1, FIC2 and FIC3 are sent.

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