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Raghu navaikulam

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:53 pm
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Hi all,

How to display lower case letters while printing the content of VSAM KSDS dataset.
I created a VSAM KSDS and done a REPRO on it with mixed case letters. When printing I can see only numbers and upper case letters. In place of lower case letters, I can see only dots(.). What may be the reason? Is there any option available at the time of printing or any option available at the time of REPRO?

Help required...

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Raghunathan
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:19 pm
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HEX or DUMP on your PRINT. It's in the manual.
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steve-myers

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:06 pm
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I'm not sure what I'm saying is appropriate, but ...

When Raghu navaikulam says "print" I hope he means the IDCAMS PRINT command (or the TSO equivalent). These PRINT commands will most likely translate lower case characters to . See the PRINT chapter in DFSMS Access Method Services for Catalogs for your z/OS release. This goes back to the very early days of VSAM when most printers did not have lower case characters or lower case characters were auto translated to upper case characters. I very much doubt REPRO changed the characters.

If by "print" some other agent than IDCAMS is printing the data then you will have to check its documentation.

Bill - I'm reluctant to dispute your post, but "print" in this context could well mean something other than IDCAMS PRINT, and I just wanted to make sure everyone is talking about the same thing.
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Raghu navaikulam

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:35 pm
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@Bill

Thanks very much for your quick replay...

I tired with HEX and DUMP(default). That is displaying in HEX and DUMP format. My doubt is that any option is available to display the lower case letters in CHAR mode while PRINTing.

@Steve,
Yes, your assumptions are correct. I used a PRINT command from the IDCAMS utility as well as from a TSO command prompt. Both shows (.) dots for lower case letters. Anyway thanks for your information. I shall look into the manual you mentioned and I shall post a reply. Thanks for your comment.
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:26 pm
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I think you'll have to use something other than IDCAMS PRINT. What are you trying to do? The HEX and DUMP should allow you to see the hex values, rather than dots (or just dots), so you can know they're OK.
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Raghu navaikulam

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:39 am
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@Bill

Thanks for your replay.

@Steve

Thanks for your information.

I got my problem solved
When PRINTing the display is now Mixed case

I used the following statement
Code:
//SYSIN DD *
  PARM  -
    GRAPHICS(CHAIN(SN))
  PRINT IDS(TRNR005.TEST.KSDS) CHAR
/*


Thanks for all
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Raghunathan
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:16 pm
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Thanks for the update. An obvious solution. Tell it to use a different print chain - in the program itself :-)
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