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IBM System/38 Utilities for IBM i

System/38 Utilities is used to run applications that were written using System/38 Data File Utility or System/38 Query and that were migrated from the System/38. The alternative is to rewrite all these existing System/38 applications. The Text Management/38 component of System/38 Utilities for IBM i is for use by migrators whose word processing and data processing personnel use the Text Management/38 component of System/38 Personal Services.

Solutions and benefits

The System/38 Utilities for IBM i program provides functions that are compatible with System/38 Release 8 functions to allow applications dependent upon those functions to be migrated to the IBM i server. These functions are also tools used by the application developer on System/38.


Data File Utility/38 (DFU/38) permits users to establish their own data entry application, optimized for their use, and unique to their requirements. This is similar to the System/38 Release 8 Interactive Database Utilities for IBM i DFU function.

Query/38 provides the capability to access (but not change) information in database files. The user first creates the Query application by responding to a series of menus and prompts. The application may then be executed to produce the report (printed or displayed) or output to a database file. Query/38 provides compatibility with the System/38 Release 8 Interactive Database Utilities for the IBM i Query function.

Text Management/38 provides word processing capabilities to migrating System/38 customers with no integrated IBM i office support. Text Management/38 allows users to create, store, retrieve, revise, check document spelling, provide synonyms and automatic hyphenation, and print documents. The user can access the database interactively from the Text Management/38 program at edit time or at print time to include database information in a text document. In addition, forms can be created and filled in on the display or stored in the system for later use.

No further enhancements are planned for this product.

Document information

More support for: i family

Software version: Version Independent

Operating system(s): IBM i

Reference #: T1027217

Modified date: 04 April 2018