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PASE Command "ls -l" Is Not Producing the Owner User Profile

Technote (troubleshooting)


This document provides information about why the PASE command "ls -l" might show numbers in the place of the object owner user profile.

Resolving the problem

When running ls -l in a PASE environment, users might see numbers in the place of the object owner user profile. This is because the user profile is greater than 8 characters. A circumvention for the problem is to set the following environment variable:


This option only enables the command ls -l to display the first 8 characters of the user ID, not the full user ID.

Setting this environment variable can have unexpected results in other application and runtime code, particularly in code that assumes the User ID will be no greater than 8 characters.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Operating System IBM i 7.2
Operating System IBM i 7.1
Operating System IBM i 6.1
Operating System IBM i 7.3

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Document information

More support for: IBM i
Programming (Languages- compilers- tools)

Software version: 5.3.0, 5.3.5, 5.4.0, 5.4.5, 6.1, 6.1.0, 6.1.1, 7.1, 7.1.0, 7.2, 7.2.0, 7.3

Operating system(s): IBM i

Reference #: N1013998

Modified date: 24 August 2012