Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8195 Location: East Dubuque, Illinois, USA
1. A file is not COMP-3, only individual variables can be COMP-3.
2. COMP-3 is numeric -- you need to spend a LOT of time reading the COBOL Language Reference manual (link at the top of this page) to understand this.
3. If you want to convert the COMP-3 fields in your file to DISPLAY fields, you can use your site's SORT product to do this, or you can write a simple COBOL program that copies the file, with the same FD for both files (just change the 01 name), except the output file does not have COMP-3 on the variables. Read a record, move it to the output file FD, write it, repeat until end of file ... not a hard task.