The old transfers should still work as they do now on V4R5. The support for the transfers is still there, but I wouldn't bet on them being supported for more than one or two more releases. The Copy Spooled File (Including the *S36 format) have added functionality, but the commands will still process your spooled files exactly as they do now. When creating an OS/400 command, the original parameters, data types and passing order will always remain the same. Unless the command is being deleted from the operating system, I can not remember more than one or two commands ever changing any parameters. API's will change, but commands will not.
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This was first published in October 2002