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jefflance1

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 2:11 am    Post subject: Reading an executable file to find specific character
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Hi,

First post here and I am really unsure where this topic should go so I am trying it in Other category. What I would like to do is take and read through an executable sitting in the executable library to check for a specific character sequence. I don't want to execute the program, just read the characters contained within. Now, I have seen an Assembler program that did this using some sysd macros and all but I really am not well versed enough in Assembler to attempt that project. Is there any IBM utility that would take the executable and dump it to a readable file that panvalet would allow me to read through like a flat file?
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:07 am    Post subject:
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No utility, Have you just tried to edit/browse the member and do a Find?
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:19 am    Post subject:
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Hello and welcome to the forums icon_smile.gif

You can try browse as Bill suggested (it works here) and you can use FileAid if it is on your system. In FileAid, you want browse and then Browse Mode of U (unformatted).

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Reading an executable file to find specific character
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After reading my post and the replies I got I realized that I wasn't as clear about my purpose as I should have been. As of right now, I can go the the library where the executables are stored and open and browse any of them. What I left out of my first post was I want to be able to read an executable in a program to pull out specific information. All of this centers around the SOX audit trail because at my shop we put a panvalet stamp with on the executable with a program number level and the program that is executing. We were hoping to be able to somehow develop a CICS screen to enter a program name and it would go get the information for the panvalet stamp off of the executable.
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