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In a Job, can we have more than one step with the same step name? Answer is yes, we can have multiple steps (more than one step) with the same step name. Some migration tools might have a check for this and restrict before promoting an element to a higher level. But in general, yes, you can have.

But this also comes with restrictions when we have some issues or in general as well.

  • When your job abends and you want to restart at a step which has same step name with another step in the job. One Approach is to edit JCL to have only the steps required and run
  • When you refer back a step in a consecutive job step
  • When using condition codes with step name (COND=(4,GE,STEP5)
  • When you want to override parameter in the JCL
  • In the IF/ELSE clause

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