Hierarchical File System (IBM MVS)

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Full namez/OS Hierarchical File System
Introduced1993 with DFSMS/MVS Version 1.2 for MVS/ESA
Supported operating systemsincluded in all releases of z/OS and OS/390; included in MVS/ESA V5R1 and higher, optional for V4R3

IBM's Hierarchical File System (HFS) is a POSIX-style file system for IBM's z/OS and its predecessor operating systems for z System mainframes. IBM introduced HFS in 1993 as part of its DFSMS/MVS Version 1 Release 2 software product alongside OpenEdition MVS, an optional POSIX application subsystem for MVS/ESA Version 4 Release 3 and higher.[1]

Although z/OS 2.2 (introduced in September, 2015) still supports HFS, IBM functionally stabilized HFS starting with z/OS 1.7. The z/OS File System (zFS) is the higher performance successor to HFS, and IBM recommends migration from HFS to zFS. z/OS includes a tool, BPXWH2Z, to convert HFS to zFS.[2]

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  1. ^ "Hierarchical File System Usage Guide" (PDF). IBM. September 2000. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  2. ^ "HFS to zFS Migration Tool" (PDF). IBM. January 2008. Retrieved 2016-09-01.