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The ASSIGN command allocates an input/output device to your job
until you log out or until you issue a REASSIGN, FINISH, or
DEASSIGN command. For help on device names, see the help file
DEVNAM. When an assignment is performed, the system prints a
message indicating the name of the physical device assigned to
You can ASSIGN any unrestricted device to your job.
ASSIGN node-id_device-name: logical-name:
Where: node-id_ is an identifier of the node from which the
device is to be assigned. This identifier can be
either a node name or a node number. The node-id is
optional. If you omit the node-id, the node to which
your terminal is connected is assumed.
The node-id and the device name must be separated by an
device-name: is any physical device name or previously
assigned logical name.
logical-name is a logical name that you request to be
assigned to the physical device. Separate the physical
device name from the logical name with a space. This
argument is optional. Subsequent ASSIGN commands
replace the old logical name with the new one. Logical
names are disassociated from the devices when you issue
the DEASSIGN command.
Leaves your job at monitor level.
Does not destroy your core image.
If the assignment is successful, the system prints a message in
the following format:
where device-name is the physical device name. If you specify a
restricted device, the monitor prints the following message:
?DEVICE NOT ASSIGNABLE
You can access restricted devices using the MOUNT command. The
following message occurs when the device is assigned to another
?Already assigned to job n
Where: n is the number of the job to which the device is
1. Assign line-printer number 2.
2. Assign the logical name SYS to DSKB.
.ASSIGN DSKB: SYS:<RET>
3. Assign the logical name TAPE to DTA5.
.ASSIGN DTA5: TAPE<RET>
4. Assign a card reader from node COMET to your job.