Joined: 27 Oct 2009 Posts: 2441 Location: Netherlands, Amstelveen
I vaguely remember the following scenario :
WS-RECORD is part of an internal buffer.
The physical write will occur if the buffer is filled.
Before the buffer is filled the internal buffer pointer
is updated to point to the next record in the buffer.
Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8154 Location: East Dubuque, Illinois, USA
This is the expected behavior. If you click the manuals link at the top of the page, bring up the COBOL Language Reference manual, and look at the WRITE statement syntax, you will find that
WRITE record FROM data-area
specifically does not affect the data-area fields. However, record is part of the buffers associated with the file and record data written will not be available after the WRITE statement is done. This is normal, expected, and cannot be changed by any COBOL option or facility.