Displaying messages and codes information

An explanation of any message from a BMC AMI Ops  product is available for review in the Messages and Codes display. All messages and codes for all BMC AMI Ops products, including offline products, are listed in the Messages and Codes display.

For each message, the message explanation provides the following information:

  • Why the message was issued

  • The action that the system takes

  • Any action you should take

  • The module where the message originated


  • The messages and codes are obtained from the BBMLIB data set. This data set can be browsed if a terminal session is not available.

  • (BMC.AMIOPS.SPE2301) Open link Use SETHELP view to manage the BBMLIB data sets. 
  • When messages are written to the system console, such as WTOs, the BBI-SS PAS ID is appended whenever appropriate.

Where messages are displayed

Messages are displayed on views and might be written to the  Logger .

  • Messages displayed on views are either short messages in the upper-right corner or full messages that overlay the view. For more information, see the remainder of this topic.
  • Logged messages are written to the  Logger . For more information, see Displaying logged messages.

To view information about a short message

While the short message is displayed, press the Help key (PF1).

Additional information is displayed about the message. 

To exit the displayed information, press ENTER

To view information about a full message

Use any of the following methods to view an explanation of a displayed message:

  • (3270 display only) Place your cursor on the message number and press Enter.
  • Use the HELPMSG primary command on the COMMAND line.
    HELPMSG messageID
    The message explanation is displayed in a pop-up dialog. To exit the pop-up, press END.
  • Use MSG primary command on any COMMAND line.
    MSG messageID
    The message explanation is displayed in place of the view. To exit the message display, press END.
  • Select a message on the Messages and Codes panel (see To view a list of messages and codes).

To use the message display

The message display can list multiple messages and can function differently based on settings.

Scroll the display
  • Press the UP and DOWN keys to scroll up and down in the display. 
  • Press ENTER to scroll down in the display. When the end of the display is reached, the message display is cleared.
Clear the message display

Press END.

The result of pressing END depends on the use of the INC/EXC MSG PF3 primary command.

  • If there is data in the view, the view and its data are displayed
  • If there is no data in the view and the INC MSG PF3 primary command was issued, the following messages are displayed:
    No data available.
    Press ENTER to refresh the view or PF3 to exit the view.
  • If there is no data in the view and the EXC MSG PF3 primary command was issued, the view is closed and the previous view is displayed
Display the BBMHY017I message

The BBMHY017I Scrollable messages message indicates the message display is active.

You can include or exclude the display of this message by using the INC/EXC MSG DIS primary command.

For more information about the message display, view the BBMHY017I message.

To view a list of messages and codes

Access the Messages and Codes panel by using one of the following methods:

  • Use MSG primary command on any COMMAND line.
  • Select the Messages option on a menu.

ISPF short messages ($MFnnnn) are listed in alphabetic order before the numbered messages and codes.

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  1. Dick Nunke

    The additional item in the Note added for SPE2301 can be removed. SETHELP is an administrative view that should not be mentioned in this section.

    Feb 09, 2023 09:16