The current Secure Shell protocol, as implemented in third-party products and current Tectia versions, is designed for Unix files which are byte streams. While MVS datasets are record-based, they must be staged before sending or destaged after they have been received. Staging copies a dataset into byte stream format and may also convert the character set. Destaging transforms a byte stream into a file format and may also convert the character set. HFS files that do not need character set conversion, do not need to be staged.
There are two modes of staging:
Offline staging stores the byte stream as an HFS file. Offline staging incurs the overhead of writing the byte stream to disk and reading it.
The Tectia client tools for z/OS support native MVS dataset reading and writing and generally do not require staging. Offline staging is still needed if a file is transferred to an MVS server and the size of the file is larger than 2 GB.
To use offline staging, you must run the
ssh-sft-stage utility as a separate step.
Online staging places the byte stream in virtual storage when the file is transferred. The Tectia Server for IBM z/OS (server program) will use online staging automatically if a dataset cannot be transferred directly.
Online staging is more convenient and, for small files, more efficient. Online staging, for large files, will page out most of the byte stream and will page it in again. Online staging does not support files that are larger than 2 GB.
By default, staging is enabled on the server program of Tectia Server for IBM z/OS, but on the clients, staging is disabled by default. The server program of Tectia Server for IBM z/OS uses staging automatically when necessary.
However, you can disable staging also in the server configuration, but in that case all clients are required to send the data in correct order (as consecutive blocks from beginning to end) or else the file transfer fails. In case Tectia Server for IBM z/OS detects changes in the order of the blocks, it stops the transfer and reports an error about non-serialized transfer.
To disable staging, use either one of the following methods:
Add the staging setting for
sft-server-g3 into the
subsystem-sftp /opt/tectia/libexec/sft-server-g3 --attribute=staging:NO
Use the file transfer advice string in command put:
sftp> put over2gigfile.txt /ftadv:S=NO///'target'
If the file transfer client uses SFTP protocol for transferring the files, and accesses the files or datasets in correct order, staging can be disabled. However, if the client accesses file data in random offsets, or uses checksums, staging will be necessary.
A summary of situations when staging is needed is shown in the following table. In the table, Native indicates that staging is not required, Online indicates that online staging is automatically used, and Offline indicates that the dataset has to be staged offline.
Table 9.1. Staging summary
|Client version||Server version||File size <2GB||File size >2GB|
|Tectia z/OS 5.2-||Any Unix/Windows||Native||Native|
|Tectia Unix/Win 5.2-||Tectia z/OS 5.2-||Native||Native|
|OpenSSH SFTP Client||Tectia z/OS 6.1-||Native||Native|
|Tectia z/OS 5.2-||Tectia z/OS 5.2-||Online||Offline|
|Tectia (all) 4.x-5.1||Tectia z/OS 5.2-||Online||Offline|
|3rd-party Unix/Win||Tectia z/OS 5.2-6.0||Online||Offline|
Tectia client tools for z/OS include a utility program,
ssh-sft-stage, for offline staging and destaging.
STAGE is a sample of JCL for running the staging utility
//STAGE EXEC PGM=IKJEFT1A, // DYNAMNBR=75, // TIME=1440, // REGION=6M //SYSPRINT DD SYSOUT=* //SYSTSPRT DD SYSOUT=* //SYSTERM DD DUMMY //STDOUT DD PATH='/tmp/&SYSUID.-STAGE.out', // PATHOPTS=(OWRONLY,OCREAT,OTRUNC), // PATHMODE=(SIRUSR,SIWUSR) //STDERR DD PATH='/tmp/&SYSUID.-STAGE.err', // PATHOPTS=(OWRONLY,OCREAT,OTRUNC), // PATHMODE=(SIRUSR,SIWUSR) //STDENV DD DSN=&SYSUID..SSZ.SRVR62.PARMLIB(SSHENV), // DISP=SHR //PROGLI DD DSN=&SYSUID..TEST.C.LIST, // DISP=SHR //SYSTSIN DD * BPXBATSL PGM /opt/tectia/sbin/ssh-sft-stage + -v + -i /FTADV:F=LINE,D=IBM-1047,C=ISO8859-1/+ //DD:PROGLI + -s /tmp/stage.tmp ALLOCATE FILE(PROUT1) DA(*) LRECL(252) RECFM(V,B) REUSE ALLOCATE FILE(PRERR1) DA(*) LRECL(252) RECFM(V,B) REUSE OCOPY INDD(STDOUT) OUTDD(PROUT1) TEXT PATHOPTS(OVERRIDE) OCOPY INDD(STDERR) OUTDD(PRERR1) TEXT PATHOPTS(OVERRIDE) /*