• Subject: RPG SPECAIAL files -- anybody used them?
  • From: Bob Crothers <bob@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 15:41:21 -0000
  • Organization: Cornerstone Communications, LLC

I am getting ready to convert a rather large RPG APPC program over to 
TCP/IP sockets.  The IP part is a piece of cake.

However, the record formats are not.

In browsing thru the RPG/400 manual, I tripped across special files 
and they look very interesting.  It looks like I can create a 
transaction program in ILE/C that will receive the RPG writes & reads 
and then respond accordingly.

Eg: When the file is "Opened", I can connect to my IP server.

When a WRITE is done, send the data to the server.  When a READ is 
done, read the data.

I will have to use some user defined parms so the transaction pgm 
knows what record format name is being used, but it does look very 
appealing.  And would require very little work on the existing RPG 

Anybody used SPECIAL files?  Any "Gotcha's"?  A better way to do this 

Bob Crothers

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