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notonly4u

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:37 pm
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Dear Friends,

I do have a requirement that I need to have the record length of every record in a VB file in first 2 bytes with the actual record preceeding that, copied to another VB file.

Is this possible in SORT?

Thanks for your time.

Regards
Tanden
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expat

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:37 pm
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Unless I am mistaken,

The record length is always in the first two bytes of a VB record.
Using sort, the record length is pos 1 len 2 format BI

Or perhaps you want something different ???
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:56 pm
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Can you run this and post the sysout from the step in the Code tags, please.

Code:
//S1 EXEC PGM=SORT
//SYSOUT   DD SYSOUT=*
//SORTIN DD *
Nothing to do with the solution, just for your SORT level
/*
//SORTOUT DD DUMMY
//SYSIN   DD   *
  OPTION COPY
/*


Also please show a small example input and expected output.

It is not clear exactly what you want.
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Ed Goodman

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:36 pm
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Is this for Microfocus load files by any chance?

I have to do the same thing for all of the Filemanager unloads on the mainframe. This is what I use:

Code:
//SYSIN     DD *                                   
 SORT FIELDS=COPY                                 
 OUTFIL OUTREC=(1,4,1,2,BI,SUB,+2,TO=BI,LENGTH=2,5)


It takes the first two byes in a VB file, subtracts 2 from that number, then put the answer as the first two "real" bytes int he output record, then it takes the rest of the data and adds it to the output record.

If you don't need to subtract two bytes, then make it like:
Code:
//SYSIN     DD *                                   
 SORT FIELDS=COPY                                 
 OUTFIL OUTREC=(1,4,1,2,5)


Code'd
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:43 pm
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Yes, Ed. The only difficulty is in exactly what this (emphasis added) means...

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I need to have the record length of every record in a VB file in first 2 bytes with the actual record preceeding that
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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:37 pm
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Count the actual record bytes with imaginary numbers? icon_smile.gif
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