TSM Show Commands



IBM provide the SHOW commands for their own use, for diagnostic gathering. Tivoli / IBM do not support the SHOW commands so it is no use raising problem reports with them if the results are not what you expect. Be aware that some of these commands are resource intensive and cannot be cancelled and some commands will try to fix problems; that is they may UPDATE the TSM database. If possible, try the commands on a test system before you use them in production. In general, you should not run SHOW commands unless you are familiar with that particular command, or TSM support personnel have asked you to run them.

This is not an exhaustive list of SHOW commands because

  • I do not know them all
  • I have missed out some obscure commands (that is, the ones that I don’t understand)

The list is split into commands issued at the client and commands issued at the server.

Client Commands

Client commands can produce a lot of output that will scroll off the screen, so you may prefer to pipe them into a file. For example SHOW OPTTABLE > output.txt

Displays the active client options.
You can configure a client so it can get its option settings from either the client option file or from the server. This command will tell you which one is in use for this client.
Displays capabilities that this client has for this connection to the server. The client and server report and negotiate the capabilities that each has when a session is started by a client to a server. This show command reports the capabilities available by this server and client.
Use this to determine which trace options could be used for this client.
Use this command to find out what release and version of TSM is installed.
Displays information about the disk mappings in a Windows or a Netware Cluster.

The next five commands all apply to Windows clients

If you want to use extra capabilities like image backup, then they are provided by ‘plug-ins’. You use this command to find out what plug-ins are available for this client.
TSM uses Subfile backups to backup only changed portions of files over slow network links. TSM knows what parts of a file have changed, by storing checksum information in a cache file on the client. This command will display information about the subfile cache, if the client is configured to use subfile backup.
You use these commands to find out what system facilities are installed, and which ones can be backed up with TSM. SYSTEMOBJECT is used for Windows 2000 and XP clients, and SYSTEMSTATE for Windows 2003 clients.
For Windows 2003 clients, displays the SYSTEM SERVICES data that is available on this client. Useful to determine which SYSTEM SERVICES files are installed on this Windows client and those that could be backed up.

Server commands

Simply displays the server date and time.

Current Date and Time on the Server     
04/17/2012 11:08:08                     

UTC (GMT) Date/Time is: 04/17/2012 10:08:08
Last Noted Date/Time is: 04/17/2012 10:45:51
Daylight Savings Time is in effect: YES
This is one of the long running commands that produce lots of output. It actually issues a set of QUERY and SHOW commands then uses these to build a quite comprehensive picture of the state of the server. This command is worth running as a diagnostic data gathering exercise, to be analysed when free time permits.

Commands to help with session or tape drive problems

If you have a client session or process stuck, it may be waiting for a drive. You can use this command to see if there are sessions queued waiting for mount points.
Is also useful if you have problems with drives. It displays the status of each device class, including the status of allocated drives.
Useful for determining which volume is in-use by a given mount point and other attributes for the assigned mount points


If you are having problems with sessions or processes queued, or waiting for tape volumes, then this command will display the in-memory list of assigned volumes.

Commands to help manage the database and recovery log

Use this command to see if you need to increase your database buffer pool size.
Example output is

 Database Buffer Pool Statistics:
  Total Buffer Latch Requests:   184217213
  Times Scavenging Required:      1123642  0.61%
  Times Scavenging by Stealing:   1105210  0.60%
  Times Scavenging by Waiting:          0  0.00%
  Times Read Required:            1123574  0.61%
  Cache Hit Percentage:             99.39%
This command will display the status of the buffer pool variables and can be used to check for dirty buffer pages.
Example output is

Database buffer pool global variables:

  CkptId=1642081, NumClean=32880, MinClean=32784, NumTempClean=32880, 
  BufPoolSize=32880, BufDescCount=33071, BufDescMaxFree=36168,
  DpTableSize=49161, DpCount=0, DpDirty=10, DpCkptId=1642081, 
  DpCursor=64, NumEmergency=0 CumEmergency=0, MaxEmergency=0. 
  BuffersXlatched=0, xLatchesStopped=False, FullFlushWaiting=False.

The above output shows that there are 10 dirty buffers. You use another undocumented command ‘FLUSH’ to clear out the dirty buffers.

This command shows client and admin schedule variables and statistics. An example is

Max %% Scheduled Sessions : 60
  Max Scheduled Sessions : 120
       Retain Event Recs : 10
           Randomize Pct : 25
  Period for sched Query : -1
Max Retries for failure : -1
    Time between retries : -1
        Scheduling Modes : Any
     Sch Sessions in use : 0
Schedule Manager Active : TRUE
  Pending Table is Ready : TRUE
         Prompter Active : TRUE
Command Execution Active : FALSE
            Timer Active : TRUE
          Next Execution : 04/17/2012 20:45:00
           Next Deadline : 04/17/2012 13:00:00
   Event Deletion Active : FALSE
     Last Event Deletion : 04/07/2012 00:00:00
      Randomization Seed : 1794940526
   Command Scheduler Active : FALSE
   Scheduled Commands Running: 0
     Last Schedule Index : 8
  High Water Sched Index : 9
  Client Action Duration : 5
  Admin Schedules Running: 
Displays the next execution time for client and admin schedules.
SHOW LVM – TSM 5.x only
This command shows logical volume manager data, including lots of information about TSM volumes.

LVM fixed storage area capacities:
   Disk Table area:

    14 pages allocated; 39 entries/page; 553 total entries.
      Using an average disk name length of 20 characters.

  Copy Table area:
    6 pages allocated; 145 entries/page; 870 total entries.
  DB Logical Partition Table area:
    200 pages allocated; 678 entries/page; 135796 total entries;
      Maximum possible DB LP Table size: 530.5 Gb.

   LOG 1 Logical Partition Table area:
    5 pages allocated; 678 entries/page; 3391 total entries;
      Maximum possible LOG 1 LP Table size: 13.2 Gb.

   LOG 2 Logical Partition Table area:
    2 pages allocated; 677 entries/page; 1354 total entries;
      Maximum possible LOG 2 LP Table size: 5.3 Gb.

DB Volume Usage:
                               Capacity     Active  Free            
Volume Name                 Meg.    Part.   Part.   Part.   Used  
--------------------------  ------  ------  ------  ------  ------  
N:\TSMDB\TSMDB01.DSM        10000.0    2500    2500       0  100.0%%
N:\TSMDB\TSMDB02.DSM        10000.0    2500    2500       0  100.0%%

LOG Volume Usage
                               Capacity     Active  Free            
Volume Name                 Meg.    Part.   Part.   Part.   Used  
--------------------------  ------  ------  ------  ------  ------  
O:\TSMLOG\LOG01.DSM         5000.0    1250    1250       0  100.0%%

Disk TableEntries:
Disk  CT   LV Sect  Blk Capacity  Nmbr Rsdl Copy Stat Err Disk

Num Num Name Size Size (blocks)   LPs Blks Stat Flag Cnt 
---- --- ---- ---- ---- -------- ----- ---- ---- ---- --- 
   0   0  LOG  512 4096  1280256  1250  256 Sync 0X30   0 
   2   2   DB  512 4096  2560256  2500  256 Sync 0X30   0 
   3   3   DB  512 4096  2560256  2500  256 Sync 0X30   0 
   4   4   DB  512 4096  2560256  2500  256 Sync 0X30   0 

Copy Table Status:

CT   LV Mirror Stat Disk
Num Name  Count Flag Names
--- ---- ------ ---- --------------------------------------
  0  LOG      1    0 
  2   DB      1    0 
  3   DB      1    0 

++++++++ DB Logical Partition Information ++++++++
  LV Status: OK
   LP     CT     PP
  Num    Num    Num  Status
-----  -----  -----  ------------------
    0      2      0  Allocated
    1      2      1  Allocated

Displays usage information for the recovery log and database .

DB Volume Usage:
                               Capacity     Active  Free            
Volume Name                 Meg.    Part.   Part.   Part.   Used  
--------------------------  ------  ------  ------  ------  ------  
N:\TSMDB\TSMDB01.DSM        10000.0    2500    2500       0  100.0%%

LOG Volume Usage:
                               Capacity     Active  Free            
Volume Name                 Meg.    Part.   Part.   Part.   Used  
--------------------------  ------  ------  ------  ------  ------  
O:\TSMLOG\LOG01.DSM         5000.0    1250    1250       0  100.0%%

This command shows the status of the database and recovery log copy table and is included in SHOW LVM above.
Use this command to displays the database transaction table. Sample output looks like

Open objects:
    name ->AS.Segments<- (sp=0)
    name ->SS.Pools<-    (sp=0)
    name ->SS.Pool.Ids<- (sp=0)
    name ->AF.Clusters<- (sp=0)
 Tsn=0:813772319 --> Valid=1, inRollback=0, endNTA=0, State=2, 
 Index=10, LatchCount=0, SavePoint=0, TotLogRecs=0, TotLogBytes=0, 
 UndoLogRecs=0, UndoLogBytes=0, LogReserve=0, PageReserve=0, 
 Elapsed=346279 (secs), MinLsn=0.0.0, MaxLsn=0.0.0, LastLsn=0.0.0, 
 UndoNextLsn=0.0.0, logWriter=False, backupTxn=False

This is showing that this transaction has 4 database tables open, that the transaction is valid, and that it is not writing log records.

Shows statistics for the transaction manager.
Displays database global attributes.
Use this command to get details on the latest full and incremental database backup volumes.
You can use this command if your logfile is running out of space. The oldest active record in the log is ‘pinning’ the log. This command will tell you what task owns that oldest record. You could follow this up with
which will cancel whatever is holding the pinned record. This is one of those ‘UPDATE’ SHOW commands that you need to use with extreme care, and preferably after advice from Tivoli. However, if your log is rapidly filling up, will you have time to make that support call? It would be best to investigate and test this command before you need to use it in an emergency. The command is only available in TSM version to 5.5.
Example output is

 Dirty page Lsn=4597153.124.2199, Last DB backup Lsn=4596680.43.3348, 
  Transaction table Lsn=4597152.240.3249, Running DB backup Lsn=0.0.0, 
   Log truncation Lsn=4596680.43.3348

 Lsn=4596680.43.3348, Owner=DB, Length=194 
  Type=Update, Flags=C2, Action=ExtInsert, Page=2171054, 
  Tsn=0:818261705, PrevLsn=4596680.43.3137, UndoNextLsn=0.0.0, 
  UpdtLsn=4596680.43.3137 ===> ObjName=AS.Segments, Index=26, 
  RootAddr=14, PartKeyLen=3, NonPartKeyLen=4, DataLen=87

 The recovery log is pinned by the last data base backup.  
 Space will not be freed until data base backup is run again.

The command tells you that the log is pinned by a backup.

You can use this command to display the recovery log global attributes, but it is less obvious what they all mean.
Use this command to see statistics on log usage.An associated command is SHOW LOGRESET This command will RESET the log statistics back to 0.

SHOW Archives Policy-set Node-name
Shows archives for the specified node within a policy set

Commands to help with session hangs

If your TSM server is running very slow it is worth trying this command. A TSM server uses locks to serialise updates to prevent corruption. You use this command to see what resources are locked.
The TSM server monitors resource usage and will cancel any resource users that are holding onto resources for too long. You use the SHOW RESQUEUE command to display the resource queue and it will display information about transactions, locks, and other resources. The only output I have ever seen for this command is

 RESOURCETimeout is 60 minutes.
 Resource list is unlocked.
 There are current no waiters.
Useful for diagnosing hangs or other general session problems while a session is still connected to the server. This is also useful in cases where a session is cancelled or terminated and still appears in QUERY SESSION.

*** Warning *** The SHOW SESSION command can crash a TSM server that is between code levels 5.5 and 6.3 IBM Technote swg1IC82490 refers

You use this command to get information about active server transactions. Transactions are the low level operations that actually read or update the database. This command can be useful for diagnosing hangs or other transaction related problems, but the command produces a lot of output, and many of the fields are a bit obscure. Partial output for one single transaction is shown below.

slot -> 51:
Tsn=0:822996787, Resurrected=False, InFlight=True, Distributed=False, 
     Addr 3b6458b8
  ThreadId=119, Timestamp=05/31/04 09:04:02, Creator=dfmigr.c(1789)
  Participants=3, summaryVote=ReadOnly
  EndInFlight False, endThreadId 119, tmidx 0 0, processBatchCount 0.
    Participant DB: voteReceived=False, ackReceived=False
    Participant BF: voteReceived=False, ackReceived=False
    Participant SS: voteReceived=False, ackReceived=False
  Locks held by Tsn=0:822996787 :
    Type=34040, NameSpace=32997, SummMode=xLock, Mode=xLock, Key='127.0'
SHow INVObject 0 ObjectId
Use this command to show an inventory object, reporting its nodename, filespace, management class, and more. This command can be useful if you get errors with objects. For example, when exporting a server you may see a message like

 ANR9999D xibf.c(664): Return code 87 encountered in writing 
  object 0.9041317 to export stream.
 ANR0661E EXPORT SERVER: Internal error encountered in 
  accessing data storage.

The 0. 9041317 is the Object ID. If you use the SHOW command

  SHow INVObject 0 9041317

The result below will tell you what the object is

  OBJECT: 0. 9041317 (Backup):
  Node: ACSN08 Filespace: /y2.  /msg/rlds/ temp
 Type: 2  CG: 1  Size: 0.0    HeaderSize: 0

  State: 1  Type: 2  MC: 1  CG: 1
  /y2 : / msg/rlds/ temp
  Active, Inserted 08/01/03 07:58:58      
 Expiring object entry not found.

Storage pool and LAN free commands

Useful for displaying the states and attributes of defined storage pools.
SHow DAMAGED poolname
Contributed by Roy Adeyosoye, This command will list out all the files in a storage pool that are marked as damaged. Typical output looks like

Volume ID: 34281, Volume Name: QZ1720
  Segment number: 1,  Segment start: 1606, 
  Segment Size: 0.85470464
   Found 4349 damaged bitfiles.

To fix them, run an audit command like

This command Will list out the total number of usable slots in a SCSI library. The Full command is

 SHOW SLOTS libraryname

You can use this command to make sure that all your tapes are checked into your tape library. Start with the command below, where LIBRARY_NAME is your library name.

select count(*) from libvolumes where library_name='LIBRARY_NAME'

If the number this command produces looks to be too low, you can use the SHOW SLOTS LIBRARY_NAME command to examine what is in the library. If a slot contains a checked in tape, its status will be ‘Allocated’ while slots that have a status of ‘Full’ contain tapes that are not checked in.

You use this command to get statistics from the last migration process, for example –


 Statistics for last migration from pool BACKUPPOOL
   Start date/time: 05/26/04 02:30:21
   Elapsed time: 24128 seconds
   Total wait time: 17232 seconds
   Number of participating processes: 2
   Total duration of all processes: 48169 seconds
   Total physical files: 11934
   Total logical files: 316992
   Total bytes: 273999794176
   Average logical files per physical file: 26.6
   Average physical file size: 22421.5 KB
   Number of batch/file transactions ended: 782
   Number of batch transactions aborted: 0
   Number of file transactions started: 0
   Number of file transactions aborted: 0
SHOW LANFREE nodeName storageAgent.
This command was added with TSM version 5.2.2. It will check out all possible destination storage pools for a given client node and tell you if this storage pool can support LAN-free backup and restore.
will display all the defined database object names, along with their numeric node identifier. Output looks like

Defined Database Object Names (Home Address):

Activity.Log(49), Activity.Summary(50), 
Administrative.Attributes(37), Administrators(40), etc.. 
Show NODE number
Will display details of one of these nodes

Show Node 49

B-Tree ROOT node: PageAddr=49, Lsn=121563.242.2284, ObjName=Activity.Log
LeftSib=-1, RightSib=-1, Continuation=-1
NumRecs=2, Free=994, NextSlot=163, DirOff=0, PartKeyLen=0
Level=2, NumCols=19, KeyCols=2, PartCols=0, NodeAttr=80
MaxCapacity=1004, Capacity=1004, Occupancy=10, LowOccupancy=334
  Record 0 (KeyLen=9, DataLen=4):
    Key:  ->(,.....)(002D)< -
  Record 1 (KeyLen=2, DataLen=4):
    Key:  ->(+Infinite)(+Infinite)< -
SHOW TREE tree.name
gives details about the data in a tree

SHOW TREE activity.log

************* Table Activity.Log VERIFIED **************

Tree Height:                 3
Leaf Nodes:                198
Non-leaf Nodes:              3
Empty Leaf Nodes:            0
Empty Non-leaf Nodes:        0
Leaf Records:             6717
Non-leaf records:          200

Records/Node in leaves:
  Mean=33.92, StdDev=3.04, Min=10.00, Max=37.00, Samples=198
Records/Node in non-leaves:
  Mean=66.67, StdDev=27.64, Min=2.00, Max=113.00, Samples=3
Fractional occupancy in leaves:
  Mean=0.98, StdDev=0.05, Min=0.31, Max=1.00, Samples=198
Fractional occupancy in non-leaves:
  Mean=0.39, StdDev=0.16, Min=0.01, Max=0.67, Samples=3
Record length in leaves:
  Mean=104.52, StdDev=17.61, Min=68.00, Max=221.00, Samples=6717
Record length in non-leaves:
  Mean=13.08, StdDev=0.75, Min=6.00, Max=14.00, Samples=200
Key length in leaves:
  Mean=9.17, StdDev=0.47, Min=8.00, Max=10.00, Samples=6717
Key length in non-leaves:
  Mean=9.08, StdDev=0.75, Min=2.00, Max=10.00, Samples=200
Partition key length in leaves:
  *** no sampled data ***
This command used to be used to fix problems where data is not being expired correctly. It has now been replaced by the command CLEANUP EXPTABLE [BEGINNODE=nn ENDNODE=NN]. You must discuss and agree with IBM before running this command, as it updates your database. Once you start this command it cannot be cancelled, and will prevent EXPIRE INVENTORY from running.
A very useful command that shows the status of all libraries attached to a server, and all their drives. Some of the parameters include
busy; either 1 (busy) or 0 (not),
online; 0 means a drive is offline
polled; 1 means TSM can’t use a drive, either because it has a problem, or because something else is using it

Library FELTON-3584-1 (type SCSI):

  reference count = 3, online = 1, borrowed drives = 0, update count = 0
   basicCfgBuilt = 1, libInfoBuild = 1, definingPathToLibrary = 0
   addLibPath = 0, driveListBusy = 0
  Library is shared.
  library extension at 16AF00D0
      Serial Number: (0000000146540471)
      WWN: *EMPTY*
SCSI library scanInProgress =0
  autochanger list:
    dev=lb0.1.0.4, busy=0, online=1

   drive list:
      Device Class = LTO,
      RD Capabilities = 0000000F,
      WR Capabilities = 0000000F,
      Drive state: EMPTY, Drive Descriptor state = NO PENDING CHANGES,
      online = 1, polled = 0,
      Inquiry String = ,
      Device Type From Inquiry = ,
      Serial Number: (1110853166)
      WWN: (50030743000C4F03)
      allocated to (), volume owner is (),
      priorReadFailed = 0, priorWriteFailed = 0, priorLocateFailed = 0,
      update count = 0, checking = 0,
      offline time/date: 00:00:00 1900/00/00
      Clean Freq(GB)=-1, Bytes Proc(KB)=0, needsClean=0.
    SCSI-specific fields:


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