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vasif

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reading a VB or VBA file
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I want to read a VBA file which has a length 137 bytes. But there is no particular record layout for that file. In what way thru cobol/dfsort could i read this file.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:24 pm    Post subject:
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In COBOL, ASSIGN the file, place the FD in the DATA DIVISION, then in the PROCEDURE DIVISION OPEN the file, READ it, then CLOSE it -- just like any other file.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:52 am    Post subject:
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COBOL doesn't need a record layout to read a file; it's just that it's more convenient to reference the fields of the record using one. You can create your own layout defining only the fields you need to access.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:04 am    Post subject:
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Hello,

Might this be a "report"?

If you READ the vb file INTO a 137-byte working-storage field, i suspect it will be more easily usable.
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