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venkatprasana

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Issues in FTPing Excel to mainframe dataset
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I am trying to FTP an excel file to mainframe dataset using batch process through sysin.
Ex of sysin:

server link
username
pasword
directory
get file.xlsx 'mainframe.file.name' (replace
quit
Using the above sysin if i FTP a text file the data is transferred correctly but if i ftp an excel file i am getting junk values. Should i need to convert the xls file to any other format. Can that conversion be done in mainframe itself. Or should i need to include any commands in the above mentioned sysin for transferring the excel file.
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prino

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:04 pm    Post subject:
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The XLSX format is an ISO "standard". Just get a copy of ISO 29500 and implement it on z/OS.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:50 pm    Post subject:
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venkatprasana,
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Can that conversion be done in mainframe itself.

I don't think you could do it with FTP & vanilla Z/Os.

You could save the Excel file as CSV file or Space delimited or tab delimited on Windows(if the Excel file has single sheet)

Transfer the CSV file or Space delimited or tab delimited file to mainframe the same way you FTP'ed the text file.
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venkatprasana

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject:
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vasanthz wrote:
venkatprasana,
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Can that conversion be done in mainframe itself.

I don't think you could do it with FTP & vanilla Z/Os.

You could save the Excel file as CSV file or Space delimited or tab delimited on Windows(if the Excel file has single sheet)

Transfer the CSV file or Space delimited or tab delimited file to mainframe the same way you FTP'ed the text file.


I have tried it and it is working fine after converting the excel into CSV or PRN format. But wanted to check if those conversions can be done in mainframe itself. Thansk Vasanth.
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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:20 pm    Post subject:
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I've seen at least one program that claims to be able to handle Excel data on the mainframe. If I get a chance, I'll find the company again and post it here. However, be aware that such software will cost tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of US dollars for your site (mainframe software is not cheap), so you will have to convince your management that spending the money provides enough benefits.
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Ed Goodman

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:50 pm    Post subject:
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Wait...what 'conversion' do you want to happen? Just to get the cell data into a flat file?
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