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Learncoholic

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:29 pm    Post subject: Formatting VB File
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Hi,
I have a I/P File with sample records below:
Code:
ABC|1234567|bla bla bla...|bla bla bla|....|   |
DEF|32145789|horse  horse|horse|hor|Horse Mouth
GHI|754568|UniCORM|UNICORN ROAMING|OH MY GOD   |UNICORM ROAMING


I need to have a O/P file with 1st 2 fields removed. So the O/P File withh have:
ABC|1234567| Removed from 1st record
DEF|32145789| Removed from 2nd recoerd
GHI|754568| Removed from 3rd record
... and so on for all the records.

Here are the consideration we need to have:
1. I/P File is in huge 'VB' format & O/P file is desired in the same format
2. There are multiple spaces between records that should not be Squeezeed
3. 1st 3 byte is always populated with characters other than Spaces
4. 1st field has a Max length of 3 bytes while the 2nd field has a Max length of 15 bytes
5. There are 184 fields delimited by '|' with last field is not appended with '|'

I tried using PARSE but need to provide a FIXLEN (Max 20,000 bytes). Then by "SQZ"ing the record, all the inlaying spaces are squized.

Can you please help me use ICETOOL to have the desired file achieved?
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Formatting VB File
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Don't SQZ. Just use VLTRM=C' ' on OUTFIL.
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Learncoholic

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject:
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Thanks Bill,
This worked for me. I used the below Control Card:

Code:
OUTFIL FNAMES=OUTDD01,VLTRIM=C' ',               
             PARSE=(%001=(ENDBEFR=C'|',FIXLEN=15),
             %002=(ENDBEFR=C'|',FIXLEN=15),       
             %003=(FIXLEN=20000)),               
      BUILD=(1,4,%003)                           


Thanks a Lot.
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Arun Raj

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:29 pm    Post subject:
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If there are input fields to be ignored, then a '%=' would do for each of those.
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