Sending *SAVF using e-mail attachment

If you've ever had a problem sending objects, transmitting your *SAVF via e-mail may be worth trying.

Did you never have the following problem? You need to send objects to another person located somewhere in the world but

  • your system has no SNADS link to the remote system

  • you don't really know whom you have to send your network file (which user-id you have to use)

  • they need urgently your *SAVF and cannot wait until you send a data cartridge to them

  • for security reasons you are not allowed to send files to them

  • it could be very expensive, depending how far the remote system is located

  • to create a link for only one purpose is too long and therefore too expensive

I have a solution.

Use e-mail to transmit your *SAVF

How does is work?

  1. Create the *SAVF you want to send

  2. Start a DOS session on your PC

  3. FTP your AS/400 using command: FTP + IP address (example FTP 172.17.5.45)

  4. Log on to the FTP server using your AS/400 user-id and password

  5. Enter command "BINARY" once you've got the ">FTP" prompt, telling the FTP server you want to transfer *SAVF data

  6. Use GET command to download the AS/400 *SAVF to your PC >FTP get libname/savfname C:TEMP.......

  7. Once the transfer is complete, check the size of the PC file you've just created. (Be aware that for file sizes greater than 2 MB you might get problems with the e-mail system.)

  8. Try to ZIP the PC file

  9. Use e-mail to send the *SAVF. (Don't forget to attach the PC file.)

To transfer the transmitted e-mail attachment to the AS/400
(These things have to be done by your e-mail recipient.)

Be sure to create the empty *SAVF on your AS/400 before uploading the PC document:

  1. Save the attached file to the PC

  2. Start a DOS session on the PC

  3. FTP the AS/400 using command : FTP + IP address (example FTP 172.17.7.78)

  4. Log on to the FTP server using AS/400 user-id and password

  5. Enter command "BINARY" once you've got the ">FTP" prompt, telling the FTP server you want to transfer *SAVF data

  6. Use PUT command to upload the PC file to the AS/400 >FTP put C:TEMP....... libname/savfname.SAVF

  7. Be sure to specify .SAVF as extension for the AS/400 object


This was first published in January 2001

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