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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Moving a COMP-3 Variable to a Numeric data-item
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I have a variable with the below declaration with data coming from a file
05 MODEPREM1            PIC S9(7)V99 USAGE COMP-3.

This field needs to be moved to a report and displayed in readable numeric format (i.e. 1500.00)

I have done a fair bit of reading, did try out a few ways but I have consistently managed to fail to accomplish what is required.
So here I am.

I understand that a S9(7)V99 COMP-3 is stored in 5 bytes = [(7+2) numeric + 1 sign(half byte)]/2
(Correct me if I got any of it wrong, I am here to learn!

I have tried displaying the data and it shows
MODEPREM1 :.0Ü0.0.0.

I opened the file in File-Aid to see how it is represented in HEX and it shows

(I tried converting the HEX value to a numeric decimal through an online tool and it shows "1034029166832") - Is this the underlying data?
If Yes, then should it be 10340291668.32? It has a total of 13 numerical values, so I believe this won't be right. (If it indeed is right, how are 13 digits accommodated in 9(7)V99)
If NO, what is the underlying value?

When I try moving it to a Working storage variable declared with the same PIC clause in COMP-3 such as
05 WS-AMOUNT-COMP3          PIC S9(7)V99 USAGE COMP-3.

A simple MOVE statement failed with S0C7

So I rather tried a compute and it failed as well with the same reason

I ran a condition to check if the field in question (MODEPREM1) was indeed numeric

and it failed. It went to the ELSE part of the loop to display "Not Numeric"
(I always had the understanding that a COMP-3 variable could only be Numeric, but then...)

And now I am stuck!
Can anybody throw a suggestion on where I have gone wrong.

Hope I have given enough information to make this post meaningful.
If not please let me know what else is required. And go easy, this is my first post.

Cobol Version:
PP 5655-S71 IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 4.2.0
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:20 pm    Post subject:
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Your first problem is that X'F0C0F0F0F0' is NOT a packed decimal value! This is a zoned decimal value with 4 zeroes in the first and third through fifth characters and a { in the second character.

You need to find out how the non-numeric data is getting into that variable -- table overflow is the most likely culprit but there are other possibilities.

If you have a valid numeric value in the packed decimal variable, File Aid will show something like X'123456789' (since the decimal point is implied and not actually part of the value); File Aid most likely would display 123456789 as the value if it is a proper packed decimal value.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:24 am    Post subject:
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Correct data for COBOL format PIC S9(7)V99 USAGE COMP-3 would be:

0.00             --> X'000000000C'
+1.00            --> X'000000100C'
+0.01            --> X'000000001C'
+1.11            --> X'000000111C'
+1000000.00      --> X'100000000C'
-1.00            --> X'000000100D'
-0.01            --> X'000000001D'
-1.11            --> X'000000111D'
-1000000.00      --> X'100000000D'

Everything else should cause ABEND S0C7, as expected.

No mystery arithmetic operation would help, when the original data is wrong.

In File-Aid, if PS-type field is displayed in HEX that means the decimal format is wrong. You can try to enter real decimal thru File-Aid Edit function, and then view it in hex mode to find out what is correct decimal format.

File-Aid doesn't recognize the COBOL decimal point (assumed) position marked with 'V' in its PICTURE definition.
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