The file control table (FCT) describes to CICS the Basic Direct Access Method (BDAM) user files that are processed by file management. CICS user files correspond to physical data sets that must have been defined to MVS and allocated to the CICS system before they are used. An FCT entry is made using DFHFCT macro. Some of the options include Access method, ACCMETH (BDAM or VSAM), DATASET or FILE name. Service Request (SERVREQ) which is used to specify the authorized I/O operations like ADD, BROWSE, DELETE, etc., initial file status (FILSTAT), number of data and index buffers (BUFND, BUFNI), etc.

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