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Moving/replacing values into variable of different length

 
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Gousiya Mulla

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Moving/replacing values into variable of different length
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1) I have a variable length of 10 characters with spaces inclusive .
How can I replace the spaces with '-' .

My answer :
-> We can do this using String functions in COBOL program (not sure which function name) .
-> We write a logic in COBOL program to replace the strings .
-> We can do the same with JCL (using SORT etc) .

Please let me know if answers were OK ?

2) I have a numeric variable of length 8 .
I am moving value '10' to it . How it will accomodate ?

My answer :
It will placed at the rightmost bits .
However we can format the placing using the format specifiers in COBOL .

Please let me know is correct answer ?
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

1. Not a string function but - INSPECT/REPLACING. There are STRING and UNSTRING functions, but they would not be good for this.

2. This would depend on the actual definition of the field. Suggest you use the link at the top of the page to "IBM Manuals" among which are several COBOL Language Reference documents. Read about moving to numeric fields.
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Thanks Dick !!!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Moving/replacing values into variable of different
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You're welcome - good luck icon_smile.gif

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