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Variable length VSAM file to flat file

 
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Neena John

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:30 am    Post subject: Variable length VSAM file to flat file
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Hi all,

We have a variable length VSAM file which is to be copied to a sequential dataset.If we do this using IDCAMS utility, what will be the record length of the flat file? Will there be any loss of data if the VSAM is a variable length file when it is copied to flat file?

If so, can anyone suggest a solution for this?

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Neena
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:35 am    Post subject:
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Hello and welcome to the forum,

"Flat" files (qsam) may also be variable length. . .
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:46 pm    Post subject:
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The record length of the flat file will depend on the longest record length in the VSAM file (use LISTCAT output to find it). Unless there's an error during the copy process, there will not be any data loss going from VSAM to a flat file.
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