Initially we had a program that used to handle 3 different files A,B,C with same DCB parameters as (LRECL=3004,RECFM=VB) in one particular COBOL program. The differnt files were used by 3 different JCL's referring the same COBOL program.
Now suddenly we are having 2 files A,B with new DCB parameters as (LRECL=4004,RECFM=VB) and the 3rd file with the old DCB i.e. (LRECL=3004,RECFM=VB).
Is is possible for us to handle this situation with the old COBOL program when the output file DCB remains unchanged? Or should we proceed to create a new program instead?
Your expert advices in this regards would be of great help.
Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8199 Location: East Dubuque, Illinois, USA
The new LRECL means you must add at least a DD statement and associated code to handle the file -- even though the files are all variable length, if the maximum record length in the COBOL program does not match the file LRECL, it will cause you problems.