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raviprabhu

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:03 am    Post subject: Make last column in file space
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Hi,

I am having a file having variable length records and last byte of all records have one ',' which i want to make it 'Space'

For e.g:
rec 1: AQAAAAAA,Ashhsjk,jndfklsj,
rec 2: ahd,jsjk,djksljf,

The last byte of records are having ',' which i want to blank.
Let me know if its possible by any verb like string, inspect etc. or best possible method
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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:33 am    Post subject:
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It is not possible to do this with a single COBOL statement. However, with multiple COBOL statements it is easy. Use FUNCTION REVERSE to reverse the variable. Use INSPECT TALLYING LEADING SPACES to count the blanks until the first non-blank character. If the first non-blank character is a comma, use reference modification to change it. Use FUNCTION REVERSE to restore the variable.
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply to: Make last column in file space
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If you use RECORD IS VARYING ... DEPENDING ON ... for your file, your depending-on value will indicate the length of the data.

You could then use that value as a subscript, or for the obfuscating reference-modification.
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