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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Mainframe to windows(excel)
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Can any one tell me how convert a PS file to Excel.This thing should done automatically(Suppose if u called any routine). Is there any possibilty to do this.

Any help appreciatable.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Mainframe to windows(excel)
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Can any one tell me how convert a PS file to Excel.This thing should done automatically(Suppose if u called any routine). Is there any possibilty to do this.

Any help appreciatable.


No, Excel files are not mainframe compatable.
You can create a comma or tab separated text file or a HTML file, transfer it to your PC and import it into Excel.

This question has been discussed before.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject:
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A fixed length file with at least one space between fields can also be easily downloaded to a .txt file, then imported via the Excel wizard.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject:
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Phrzby Phil wrote:
A fixed length file with at least one space between fields can also be easily downloaded to a .txt file, then imported via the Excel wizard.


Can we do this through JCL. Please help me out!!!
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Well, as is (all too) often mentioned here, JCL does not create files - it runs programs.

You need to run a program (COBOL, SAS, SORT, FORTRAN, PL/I, JOVIAL, ALGOL, assembler, DYLxxx, etc.) to create the file.

Then most likely you need to download it using your emulator's file transfer option. At least, that's how I do it.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject:
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since x type fields can contain spaces, most times i have seen some kind of field delimited (with ;) file generated and sent to pc.

using symbols and dfsort, this could be just an exercise of putting the parms together.

a rexx could do this, if you wanted to gothru the trouble of determining field locations and sizes.

a cobol program could easily string the fields with intervening ';'. the string command could easily be generated, especially if the record was defined in a copybook.

then you would write an excell macro to input the file after downloading.
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When I have embedded spaces, I then do have to adjust the wizard's proposed field sizes by adjusting the vertical lines. If this is a recurring task, then my manual solution is not the best, and Dick's macro idea is better.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 1:37 am    Post subject:
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Hello,

What has been quite helpful when downloading data to be used in excel is to do 2 STRINGs.

The first STRING (before the record processing begins) creates an output record of field names delimited by tabs (x'05') - this is the same STRING as the second one except that the field names have quotes to make them literals. The second STRING (during record processing) actually creates the tab-delimited data records. This way, when the file is loaded into excel, the first record is the column header of the names.

If the data is to be loaded into Access, SQL Server, or something else, the "header record" can be skipped.

The tab character has been convenient as it is most unlikely to appear in mainframe text data.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject:
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Please provide me some solution.
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Hello,

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Please provide me some solution.
You have already been told how to create a delimited file. Have you written and tested some code to do this? If not, do so.

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Can any one please give me the sample jcl for transfering a PS.
You need to better explain your requirement. One easy thing to do (if your mainframe has ftp) is to "pull" the file from the mainframe to your desktop using the ftp client that is already installed on your desktop.
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That's the 2nd time (at least) that op has been told how to xfer to PC.

Three tries for a quarter.
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Many times the terminal emulator screen has a file transfer button, he just has to look at the emulator help to find out how to use it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Mainframe to windows(excel)
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Hi,
Go to ISPF menu go to 6(command) option then at the top select actions->
transfer files->Recieve files from host there give your PS name in host file name.
Give some name for the excel --> in the PC File name .
Select the transfer mode as Text
Now click the Add to list command then give the command recieve
now you will get all the datas whatever you have in the ps will be transfred to Excel then format it by delimiting it.

Hope this helps.
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Anand thank you for your response ..........
But i want to do it from REXX or JCL.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Mainframe to windows(excel)
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One more time. . .

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You have already been told how to create a delimited file. Have you written and tested some code to do this? If not, do so.
Your requirement has 2 parts. The first is to create a ps file with the proper content. You have been told how to do this. Have you done anything to create this file?

Once a "download" file has been created, you can use one of several ways to download the file. If you want to "push" the file (using jcl) to a desktop, you probably cannot do this. Most organizations do not permit desktops to run an ftp service - they nearly all have an ftp client, but not an ftp service.

It is obviously not too important as you've "sat on it" for 10 days waiting for someone to do the work for you. . .

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 9:26 am    Post subject:
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Delimited file is created i got that............... Using start 6 we can send the files to local host ... why can't we do that from a JCL
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Hello Rajesh,

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Using start 6
What is this on your system (is start 6 on your mainframe or your desktop)?

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why can't we do that from a JCL
Depends on what you mean by "that". . . If you mean jcl to invoke ftp to send to a desktop, you have already been told why you probably cannot do this. Most desktop systems do not run an ftp service (if you don't understand this, you need to talk with your pc support or network support people).

As there is most likely not a desktop ftp service on your pc, you need to pick another way to solve your problem. One alternative might be to send yourself an e-mail from the mainframe with the delimited file as an attachment. Another is to simply pull the file from the mainframe using the ftp client already available on your pc.
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