Why do we code BLKSIZE=0 in JCL

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Anonymous
Why do we code BLKSIZE=0 in JCL

 

At our mainframe shop, there are many jcl's which use BLKSIZE=0 for the datasets which are cataloged by the JCL. 
 
From what I learnt during my training the BLKSIZE has to be a multiple of  and would mean the number of logical records to be clubbed in a physical record to make one block of I/O
 
But if we use BLKSIZE of zero, will this mean that the file is not blocked or the system would block the file on its own?
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BLKSIZE=0
an optimal blocksize exists for each different logical record length, and the type of device/disk the file is being stored on. Since the event of system managed storage, where the person/job allocating the file does not know or care what type of device/disk the file is going to be allocated too, it is best to let the system determine the optimal BLKSIZE. This is achieved by stating a BLKSIZE=0.
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hi alan, then there is no

hi alan,

then there is no mistake in giving BLKSIZE=0....

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