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The syntactical difference between SYNCSORT & DFSORT

 
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twissi

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: The syntactical difference between SYNCSORT & DFSORT
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Hi All,

I was using the following control statements for the SORT program:

Code:
//SYSIN    DD *           
  SORT FIELDS=COPY         
  OUTFIL FNAMES=SORTOUT,   
  OUTREC=(1,80,TRAN=ALTSEQ)
  ALTSEQ CODE=(4A40)       
/*                         

on two regions; one produced result and the other abended with a code of U0016.

On the region it ran successfully, DFSORT was getting invoked and where it failed SYNCSORT was getting invoked!

What could be the reason for failure? I'm wondering there could be a sort of syntactical difference between the two!

Please advise.

Thanks, Twissi.
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superk

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 6:51 pm    Post subject: Re: The syntactical difference between SYNCSORT & DFSORT
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twissi wrote:
I'm wondering there could be a sort of syntactical difference between the two!


That's it exactly. Two different products, offered by two different vendors (IBM and SYNCSORT), that use the parameters as defined by the product developers.

I'm curious why a shop would run DFSORT on one system and SYNCSORT on another.
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twissi

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 7:05 pm    Post subject:
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Very well, please could you provide me with the syntax for the above code that is suitable for SYNCSORT?

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I'm curious why a shop would run DFSORT on one system and SYNCSORT on another.


I'm curious too....

Many thanks, Twissi.
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Frank Yaeger

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:57 pm    Post subject:
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The syntax for DFSORT and Syncsort is similar in many ways, but there are also many differences. For example, DFSORT has many functions not found in Syncsort, such as PARSE, JFY, SQZ, IFTHEN, OVERLAY, UFF, SFF, etc. Since you didn't show the error messages you received with Syncsort, it's hard to say which function it was complaining about in your particular case, but I'd guess it was TRAN=ALTSEQ.

If you or anyone else on this list would like me to send you documents prepared by the DFSORT Team that discuss what we see as the advantages of DFSORT over Syncsort, as well as considerations for migrating from Syncsort to DFSORT, send me a note offline (yaeger@us.ibm.com). Please put "DFSORT" somewhere in your Subject line to catch my attention.
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