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Mainframe - Xpediter/CICS 9.2 Release Notes

This article explains the release notes as of December 4, 2012 for Xpediter/CICS 9.2.

Latest Release Notes

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What's New

Supported Environments

Technical Notes

Known Issues

Product Documentation

Support Resources

Latest Release Notes

For the most current version of these Release Notes, go to Compuware GO, Compuware's technical support Web site. The first time you access Compuware GO, you are required to register and obtain a password. After logging onto Compuware GO, select your product from the drop-down list and click Go. On the left side of the page, click the Documentation link. You will find the latest Release Notes listed with the other product documentation.

The Industry Leader for Maintaining Reliable, High Quality CICS Applications

Xpediter/CICS is the premier product choice for interactive, source-level testing of COBOL, Assembler, C, and PL/I programs. With Xpediter/CICS you can interactively analyze and test at the source code level to understand how programs process data and logic. Programmers can even see the potential impact of program logic changes before any changes are made. Xpediter automates the testing and debugging process within the development life cycle, so your applications move quickly into production--and stay there.

Users drive Xpediter/CICS sessions either through the classic character-based 3270 screens, or through the modernized Eclipse graphical user interface provided by Xpediter/Eclipse. Xpediter/Eclipse is provided at no charge and supports a large subset of Xpediter/CICS functionality.

What's New

Release 9.2 includes the following enhancements:

Xpediter/Eclipse API Enhancements

Support has been added for:

  • STEP INTO, STEP OVER, and STEP RETURN Workbench options
  • MONITOR/REVERSE for COBOL programs


  • z/OS v 1.13
  • CICS Transaction Server Release 5.1 (when available)
  • Enterprise PL/I 4.2 and 4.3
  • IMS Release 12.1

Supported Environments

System Requirements

Use of Xpediter/CICS requires the following:

  • z/OS Release 1.7 or above operating environment
  • CICS Transaction Server Release 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, or 5.1 (5.1 when available)
  • Compuware Shared Services Release 8.7 or above
  • License Management System:
    • Minimum: Release 3.1 with PTFs
    • Recommended: Release 4.0 or above

Note: This information is current as of the publication date. For the most recent information, go to Compuware Go (Frontline). You will find the latest Release Notes listed with the other product documentation.

Xpediter/CICS supports the following:

  • Dynamic Transaction Routing with the CICSPlex SM component of CICS Transaction Server
  • The following programming languages (under runtime Language Environment [LE] for OS/390 2.10 and above in compatibility mode):
    • Enterprise COBOL Releases 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, and 4.2
    • COBOL for OS/390 & VM Releases 2.1 and 2.2
    • COBOL for MVS & VM Release 1.2
    • Enterprise PL/I Releases 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3
    • PL/I for MVS & VM Release 1.1
    • z/OS C Releases 1.2 through 1.6
    • z/OS XL C Releases 1.7 through 1.13
    • OS/390 C Release 2.10

Note: For COBOL, compatibility means that Xpediter/CICS supports COBOL II and COBOL/370 programs that have been recompiled with COBOL for MVS & VM, COBOL for OS/390 & VM, or Enterprise COBOL. For PL/I, compatibility means that Xpediter/CICS supports OS PL/I programs that have been recompiled with PL/I for MVS & VM or Enterprise PL/I. For C, compatibility means that Xpediter/CICS supports programs that have been recompiled using the supported C compilers listed above.

The following non-LE programming languages:

  • High Level Assembler
  • Assembler H Version 2
  • Cobol/370 release 1.1
  • VS COBOL II Releases 1.3.1, 1.3.2, and 1.4

The following IMS and DB2 releases:

  • IMS Releases 7.1, 8.1, 9.1, 10.1, 11.1, and 12.1
  • DB2 Releases 7.1, 8.1, 9.1, and 10.1

The following WebSphere MQ (formerly MQSeries) releases:

  • MQSeries for OS/390 Releases 2.1 and 5.2
  • WebSphere MQ for z/OS Releases 5.3, 6.0, 7.0, and 7.1

Xpediter/CICS requires no modifications to CICS control programs. Installation requires updating CICS resources in the same manner as any CICS application package.

Xpediter/CICS cannot be used to debug executable modules that reside in CA Technologies CA-Panexec® libraries.

Technical Notes

The Xpediter/Eclipse TP configuration file (TPCONFIG) was previously referred to as XECONFIG in the Xpediter/CICS documentation. Either name is acceptable.

Known Issues

There are no known issues at this time.

Product Documentation

The installation package includes the following Xpediter/CICS documentation in electronic format:

  • Release Notes in HTML format.
  • The product manuals in PDF format, which may include a PDX index file and associated folder.

Note: With a few minor exceptions, the provided PDF files comply with the requirements of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The PDX file allows you to quickly search all of the manuals in the documentation set at one time. Click the Xpediter/CICS PDF Index File link to launch Adobe Reader and load the file. See the Reader's help for more information.

Note: In some environments, the link results in a blank browser page. Instead of using the link, start Adobe Reader and open file XPCICSIndex.pdx.

Provide your user groups with access to the documentation by copying the appropriate files from the installation media to a shared location on your network.

  1. On the Setup screen, click Explore this media.
  2. If the installation media includes multiple products, double-click the directory for this product.
  3. Double-click the cpwr directory.
  4. Copy the entire Doc folder to a shared location on your network.
  5. For easy access, instruct users to bookmark the doclist.htm file, which is located inside the Doc folder. It presents a list of links to the manuals in the documentation set.

Support Resources

Compuware provides a variety of support resources to make it easy for you to find the information you need.

Compuware Go Customer Support Website

You can access online information for Compuware products via our Compuware Go customer support website at

Compuware Go provides access to critical information about your Compuware products. You can review frequently asked questions, read or download documentation, access product fixes, or e-mail your questions or comments. The first time you access Compuware Go, you are required to register and obtain a password. Registration is free.

Compuware now offers User Communities, online forums to collaborate, network, and exchange best practices with other Compuware solution users worldwide. To join, go to

Contacting Customer Support

Phone: USA and Canada: 1-800-538-7822 or 1-313-227-5444.

All other countries: Contact your local Compuware office. Contact information is available at

Web:You can report issues via the Quick Link Create & View Support Cases on the Compuware Go home page.

Note: Please report all high-priority issues by telephone.


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Keywords:cics compuware z/OS   Doc ID:28511
Owner:Todd L.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2013-02-06 15:04 CSTUpdated:2016-07-25 07:44 CST
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