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gimli1971

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:50 am    Post subject: Recovering source code from load module.
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Recovering source code.

Hi,

I have just inherited the cobol based system .

Unfortunately while there are load modules ,

source code library for those was deleted .

Is there anyway recover the source code from existing load module?

Eugene
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DavidatK

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:24 am    Post subject: Re: Recovering source code from load module.
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Eugene,

I'm so very sorry for you. I hope there are not very many of these programs.

There are some products on the market the will not do what you want, but will give you COBOL code that will compile. Since the products do not know what the data names, paragraph names, etc. are, it will give you sequentially produced labels. You will need to give them meaningful names.

With my one experience doing this, many many moons ago, I learned that it is probably easier to re-code the program from scratch than to re-claim the program from the load module.

The only problem with re-coding is that you need to understand, in detail, what the program does. Absent this, I guess having the COBOL code generated by some product is better than, say, a sharp stick in the eye.

It?s been so many years since I did this, I don?t even know where to start looking. Maybe with IBM. I?m sure they get these questions occasionally.

Best of luck, maybe someone else has had more resent experience doing this.

Dave
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