steve-myers wrote:LISTC will tell you if there is a catalog entry, but that is not proof the dataset actually exists on the tape volume. Only by actually opening the dataset can you prove the dataset exists on the tape volume. Using the tape management system is not really proof the dataset is really there.
Especially true with VTS. In the day of physical tapes, unless the tape had since been written on the data would still exist, but with VTS and depending on the setup at your site, the tape may be come totally unusable the very second it is returned to the scratch pool.