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ananthapradeep

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Is it possibe to move the data to comp variable
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HI,

In cobol :

77 a pic 9(4) value '2456'

77 b pic 9(4) comp.


MOVE a to b

Is it possibe to move the data to comp variable?
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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:16 pm    Post subject:
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1) These lines won't compile -- you cannot have PIC 9 value ' '. Either remove the quotes from the VALUE clause or make A PIC X instead.

2) I changed A PIC 9(4) to A PIC X(4) and compiled a test program. The MOVE works just fine. As long as the value is numeric, there's no problem with the MOVE.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:43 am    Post subject:
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If you change your code to the following:
Code:
77 a pic 9(4) value 2456.

77 b pic 9(4) comp.


MOVE a to b

Field b will contain:
Code:
09
98
The hex equiv of a decimal 2456.
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