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Switches are arguments used with LOAD-class (COMPILE, LOAD, EXECUTE,
and DEBUG) and EDIT-class (CREATE and EDIT) commands, as well as with
Queue-class commands - that is, those affecting entries in processing
queues (CANCEL, DISMOUNT, MODIFY, MOUNT, PLOT, PRINT, PUNCH, and
Switches can also be used with the following program-control commands:
DDT, GET, MERGE, R, and RUN. The REWIND command also accepts a
Switches allow you to quickly give many options chosen from a large
list, and let you specify to which files they apply when you give more
than one filespec in a single command.
Give switches on the same line as the command, typing a slash (/)
before each switch. If your command requires more than one line,
simply keep typing without giving a carriage return. The system will
begin a new line automatically and will read your command as if you
had typed it on a single line. Or you can end your command line at
any point with a hyphen (-) and carriage return, and continue the
command on the next line; the hyphen will not be considered part of
Keep in mind the way each class of command considers switches.
EDIT-class commands operate on only one file at a time, and the
switches must be given before the input filespec - this is the
Queue-class and LOAD-class commands treat switches according to their
position in the command line. If you give them before any filespecs,
they act as default switches for all filespecs in the command (they
will be in effect unless you override them with later switches
applying to individual files only). If you give them after the first
filespec, they apply only to the preceding file. In addition, there
are a few switches of a different sort for the PLOT, PRINT, and PUNCH
commands - these apply to all files no matter where they appear in the
command line. These are called job switches (because they affect the
entire printing job) and are presented in a separate list in those
A switch is a default if the system assumes it in the absence of
others. For example, for LOAD-class commands, /FORTRAN is the default
for all switches that specify which compiler to use (like /MACRO,
/COBOL, and /PASCAL). The /NOCOMPILE switch is the default for
/COMPILE, /NOCOMPILE, and /RELOCATABLE. Most defaults for these
commands apply to only a pair of switches; however, the /BINARY,
/NOSEARCH, and /NOOPTIMIZE switches are assumed, for example, unless
you specify /NOBINARY, /SEARCH, and /OPTIMIZE.
Default switches for the other classes of command operate similarly.
Some are in effect unless you specify their opposite; others are in
effect with a default argument unless you specify another argument;
still others must be specified to be in effect, but are supplied with
a default argument. The list of switches presented with each command
description distinguishes these cases. When you give two or more
switches of the same kind (for example, /BINARY and /NOBINARY), the
last switch given usually prevails.