‘SORTWORKdd’ is not Mandatory in DFSORT JCL

In this post, I have shown how DFSORT speeds up its sort processing even when you are not supplied “sortworkdd”.

Why SORTWORKdd is not mandatory:


Defines a work data set for a sort. Typically not needed, because DFSORT can allocate work data sets for a sort dynamically.

Why STEPLIB not needed for SORT JCL:


The DFSORT program would typically be in a library known to the system, so the //STEPLIB DD statement would not be needed.

However, if DFSORT is not in a library known to the system, the //STEPLIB DD statement defines the library containing the DFSORT program.

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