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Is the PARSE function not supported in SYNCSORT


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paray2x

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:59 pm
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Hi All,

I would like to know if the PARSE function is not supported in SYNCSORT.

When I tried using a simple parse function such as the one below, I got an ABENDU0016.

//S1 EXEC PGM=SYNCSORT
//SYSOUT DD SYSOUT=*
//SORTIN DD DSN=... input file (FB/n)
//SORTOUT DD DSN=... output file (FB/8)
//SYSIN DD *
OPTION COPY
INREC PARSE=(%=(ENDAT=C'COPY'),
%00=(STARTAFT=BLANKS,FIXLEN=8)),
BUILD=(%00)
/*

On looking at the syncsort manual, there was no mention of PARSE.

Pls advise if there is any alternate function or the option is not available at all in SYNCSORT
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krisprems

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:25 pm
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paray2x

Yes,PARSE is not available in SYNCSORT
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nuthan

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:37 pm
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PARSE is a DFSORT function, its not a SYNCSORT funcion.
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:16 pm
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Hello,

Many of the dfsort functions that are not documented in syncsort are still available with syncsort. . . .

If you post your output from the sort step, it may help.
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Frank Yaeger

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:21 pm
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Many of the dfsort functions that are not documented in syncsort are still available with syncsort. . . .


And many are not, e.g. PARSE, SQZ, JFY, NUM, SPLIT1R, etc. Posting the output is not going to change the fact that PARSE is only available with DFSORT, not with Syncsort. Keep in mind that DFSORT has had all of these functions generally available to all DFSORT customers since April, 2006.
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:53 am
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Hi Frank,

Thanks for the clarification icon_smile.gif

Everyone,

Given the number of times something like this comes up in the forum, it might be handy to have a "Sticky" at the top of JCL that says which undocumented functions are available (at least in the current version of Syncsort).

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Alissa Margulies

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 12:15 am
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PARSE, SQZ, JFY, NUM, SPLIT1R are all available in SyncSort for z/OS 1.3 which is currently in Early Support.
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Frank Yaeger

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 1:35 am
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Alissa,

For "truth in advertising", perhaps you should define the reality of what "in Early Support" means. Obviously, it does not mean generally available. Every Early Support program I've heard of is only available to a limited number of customers whose executives must make the decision to participate in it. (Or is yours different?) I'd guess that most (if not all) of the people on this board would not be able to make the decision for their company to participate in Early Support and so could not actually get access to the code until it is generally available.
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Alissa Margulies

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:11 am
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Frank,

I don't understand, I think I have been very up-front and clear about everything. We are in Early Support for release 1.3. I think most, if not everyone, in this forum knows what early support means. We are willing to work with any SyncSort customer who is interested in participating.
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Frank Yaeger

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:15 am
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"Early support" means different things for different products and the application programmers here are usually not in a position to make the decision to "work with you" on that (most have to beg to have fixes applied, let alone ESPs). But I'll drop it.
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krisprems

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:56 pm
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Is there any Advanages/Disadvantages for the customers if they participate in the Early Support?
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Alissa Margulies

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:21 pm
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Frank Yaeger wrote:
I'd guess that most (if not all) of the people on this board would not be able to make the decision for their company to participate in Early Support

We believe that our users who participate on these types of forums make a meaningful contribution to the companies they work for and that their opinion is valued. Although not everyone on this forum will be in a position to make the final decision on participation in an Early Support Program, we believe that our users do have input in these decisions. What it comes down to is a matter of priorities and perceived value in what is being offered. Although a function such as PARSE may not be significant enough to justify Early Support, we would rather leave that decision up to our users, who know their situation and their needs better than anyone else possibly could.

krisprems wrote:
Is there any Advanages/Disadvantages for the customers if they participate in the Early Support?

The primary advantage to participation in Early Support is access to all the new features and functions early. The product has gone through extensive in-house testing and typically no significant issues arise during Early Support. However, keeping this in mind, Early Support Participants are the first in the field to use the new technology and any inherent risks that go along with it. Please be assured that our Early Support Participants will continue to receive the utmost support if they were to report to us any problem they were to encounter.

I feel that this thread has gone off on a tangent from the original post. Therefore, any of our customers who have additional questions regarding our Early Support Program, or who are interested in participating can feel free to contact me offline and I would be happy to assist them further.
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