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arjun.h

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: PKZIP EBCIDIC TO ASCII
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Hello Guys,

Can anyone help me out here. Need to know what exactly does the below command in PKZIP does,
-TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA(EBC#8859)
While zipping the file in Mainframe am using the the above option.
I had a look in some documents and this is what i understood. while zipping the file in mainframe this command is used to convert the Mainframe EBCIDIC character set into ASCII .The Zipped file will be in ASCII character set and if this needs to be send to a different Platform(ASCII) it doesn't need any conversion . Am i understanding this in the right way.
Also i goggled out to find the details on EBC#8859 , i still wounder what the translation chart is.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject:
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Better to FTP in Binary format.

Manual:
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–TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA
Synonyms Include: –TRAN
☺ - Cross Platform Compatible command (VSE, MVS, OS/400, UNIX, and Windows).
􀀱 - Be aware that if this command is used incorrectly, you could incur problems.
–TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA(<translation table name>)
When used in PKZIP program processing:
Use the –TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA command to identify a particular translation table to be used when
converting text file data from one character set to another. This command would be used, for example,
when converting a file from EBCDIC to ASCII, which is the standard the ZIP Archive text format.
Where <translation table name> specifies a useable table name for translation. ASCIIUS is the default if
–TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA is not specified. This is the table specified in the defaults module and it can
be changed by customizing the ACZDFLT module.
When used in PKUNZIP program processing:
Use the –TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA command to identify a particular translation table to be used when
extracting a text file from ASCII to anther character set. This command would be used, for example, when
converting a ZIP archive file in ASCII to a non-MVS format of EBCDIC.

–TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA(<translation table name>) where <translation table name> specifies a
useable table name for translation.
ASCIIUS is the default if –TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA is not specified. The default table selection may be
changed to a different table.
PKZIP for MVSTM provides certain “ready to use” translation tables commonly used in an OS/390
environment. These tables are provided “as is” and are not supported as part of PKZIP for MVSTM. It is
your responsibility to ensure that data translation mapping satisfies their requirements. More information
can be found in the FAQ at http://www.pkzip.com.
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arjun.h

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject:
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gylbharat

Thanks for the Response. But as per the requirement i just need to keep the files ready and it will be picked up by a team and then send across. i too read the same piece of information which you have posted. The document doesnt say anything about EBC#8859 ..

So the zipped file will be in ASCII format if we use the –TRANSLATE_TABLE_DATA command. Am i right or am no way near ??
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply to: PKZIP EBCIDIC TO ASCII
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http://www.pkware.com/documents/manuals/pkzandszzseriesv82systemadministratorguide_001.pdf


Search that document for : EBC#8859
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject:
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Peter,

Thank you very much !! icon_biggrin.gif

I remember reading ASCIIUS is the default translation that happens if you don't specify anything. EBC#8859 seems to the newer version for translation.


Thanks Again all for you help
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:59 pm    Post subject:
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ISO8859-1 is the Latin-1 ASCII code page on an IBM mainframe.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Thanks
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That makes sense to me now. i have french characters in my file.

Thanks Robert for that piece of information icon_smile.gif
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject:
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Glad to be able to help.
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