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richie

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Format of the Mainframe file: ascii/binary/ebcdic
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Hi,

How do we know the format of a MF flat file whether its ascii/binary/ebcdic.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:44 pm    Post subject:
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You need to talk to the programmer responsible for writing the program that is creating the file to get the exact file structure and attributes.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:47 pm    Post subject:
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richie,

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How do we know the format of a MF flat file whether its ascii/binary/ebcdic


Do we have ascii in MF?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:33 pm    Post subject:
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First of all, everything is actually in binary. This is just base 2 coding.

The question about ASCII or EBCDIC pertains to which binary (or, equivalently, hex) bit sequences represent which display characters.

IBM mainframes use the EBCDIC coding system, but one can certainly store ASCII coded data. If you do so, however, your processing programs must know to convert.

SAS has ASCII conversion format codes, so that is one way to convert should you be given some ASCII data on mainframe but need to convert to the standard EBCDIC.
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