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How to change length of Key field in VSAM?

 
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ayapatsr

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:02 pm    Post subject: How to change length of Key field in VSAM?
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Hi Frnds,

I have one VSAM file with fields below.
Telephone Number, Countr code, City Code,City Name. Telephone Number is the key. Key length is 10. Due to the business requirements, the Phone Number lenght changed from 10 to 15. Now i need to update this in my VSAM file.

Is it possible to update the lentth of a KEY field in VSAM file?
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enrico-sorichetti

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply to: How to change length of Key field in VSAM?
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why not ?
unload the old vsam to a sequential dataset,
carry on all the record changes you need, ( layout and content )
delete the old vsam
define the new vsam with the new parameters ( record and key lengths )
reload the new vsam

all this if You want to keep the old name
I would recommend , if possible, to change the name in order not to clobber all the backup/restore logic

the process can also be shortened
define the new vsam
read the old vsam and load the new vsam!
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