Is There Any Windows GUI Client Fully Compatible With Co:Z SFTP?

A discussion of Co:Z sftp, a port of OpenSSH sftp for z/OS
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hroman
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Is There Any Windows GUI Client Fully Compatible With Co:Z SFTP?

Post by hroman » Thu May 14, 2020 4:46 am

Is there any Windows GUI Client that is fully compatible with Co:Z SFTP?

This is regarding access to z/OS datasets and PDS's. Also, the ability of issuing the 'LS /+' command to specify the attributes of a new z/OS dataset.

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Re: Is There Any Windows GUI Client Fully Compatible With Co:Z SFTP?

Post by dovetail » Thu May 14, 2020 4:54 pm

Here is a section in our User's Guide that discusses general issues with some SFTP clients:
https://dovetail.com/docs/sftp/client-compat.html

As this describes, many GUI clients work if you deal with the issues mentioned.

Some notes:

- in a GUI, you can set a setting by going to the /+ folder and either renaming an existing setting, or renaming the ".newoption=" pretend file to the new setting that you want. If you refresh the folder, you can see the current status.
You can also set default or dsn "pattern" settings in your $HOME/.ssh/cozsftp_server_config profile to automatically set options

- the popular WinSCP creates multiple ssh/sftp connections - one for the view and one or more for up/downloads.
This makes it impossible to interactively change settings in folder /+ and have them do anything.

- If forced at gunpoint to use Windoze, I like the free bitvise ssh+sftp client. It works well with Co:Z. The only minor thing is that you have to use "/-/" for dsn prefixes.

- The (non-GUI) "client" that we use the most with Co:Z is our Ant ssh task, which works on Windows, Linux, Mac, etc
https://dovetail.com/community/antssh.html
This allows you to create sophisticated ant scripts that use Co:Z SFTP, remote ssh commands, etc.
For example, it is easy to incrementally upload (only) changes from your source tree to zFS and run a build via make on z/OS.

https://dovetail.com/community/antssh.html

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