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RE: IBM response on my CPYFRMIMPF request



fixed

I think you should send a Pizza to Kevin and tell
him that his future Pizza's will be 15" something,
but the type has been cut off because someone can't 
figure out to program inside a delimiter, or this is 
a delimiter.
What a crock.
Send it back.

John Brandt

-----Original Message-----
From: michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 1:11 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: IBM response on my CPYFRMIMPF request


What's on the pizza?

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: IBM response on my CPYFRMIMPF request
> From: "Jeff Crosby" <jlcrosby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Wed, October 06, 2004 2:02 pm
> To: "'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> 
> <what I submitted>
> 
> Abstract:                                                               
>  CPYFRMIMPF command                                                     
> .                                                                       
> System Type: 9406                                                       
> System Serial Number: 10-589ZM                                          
> Operating System:  i5/OS V5R3                                           
> Product Group:  OS/400 - General, Other                                 
> .                                                                       
> Environment:                                                            
> V5R3, latest c-u-m, database, and hipers applied                        
> .                                                                       
> Problem:                                                                
> Question regarding CPYFRMIMPF command when the data has an              
> embedded " character.  We receive files regularly from the State of     
> Indiana in .csv format.  Recently a file contained the following        
> record:                                                                 
>                                                                         
> FDP,COM,"BP11","Freezer","72/5.5oz por.","15" Ital. Pizza","15"         
> Italian Pizza",0,0,26,24.75,9.97,0,28,07/28/2004,|                      
>                                                                         
> Note that there are 2 places in this record where the " (STRDLM         
> character) appears within the data as opposed to being a string         
> delimiter.  When I use CPYFRMIMPF to get the date to a PF-DTA file,     
> this is not handled properly.  The data ends up fubar'ed from an        
> application viewpoint.  If I open the received .csv file with MS        
> Excel, it is handled properly.                                          
>                                                                         
> I wouldn't want it to get out that MS has more intelligent software     
> than IBM <g>.                                                           
>                                                                         
> Seriously, I have no idea what the 'standards' say for such a           
> situation.  It could be that:                                           
>                                                                         
> 1) Excel should actually not open the file properly, MS is              
> notorious for not following standards.                                  
>                                                                         
> 2) Or it could be that when the State of Indiana created the file,      
> they should have doubled up the character so that the field read        
> like this:  "15"" Ital. Pizza".                                         
>                                                                         
> 3)Or it could be that CPYFRMIMPF should have looked at the next         
> character and since it (the next character) wasn't a comma (the         
> FLDDLM character), then the " should have not been treated as the       
> STRDLM character.                                                       
>                                                                         
> In any case, there needs to be some resolution.                         
> 
> </what I submitted>
> 
> <IBM Response>
> 
> ________________________ 04/10/04-10:48--CR ____________________________
>  S7> COMPID= 5722SS100                                                  
> Customer Rep: Jeffrey                                                   
> Action Taken: q to DB                                                   
> Action Plan:  Rq to NETRSP with response-Thank you                      
> ________________________ 04/10/04-11:18--CT ____________________________
>  NO CONTACT IS REQUIRED                                                 
>                                                                         
> ________________________ 04/10/04-11:59--CR ____________________________
>  S7> COMPID= 5722SS100                                                  
> Customer: Jeffrey                                                       
>                                                                         
> Problem: CPYFRMIMPF is not handling string delimiter " within string    
> delimiters in a comma field delimited file.                             
>                                                                         
> Action Taken: Investigate                                               
>                                                                         
> Action Plan: REQ to DBWK04 with Delay to investigate and respond.       
> ________________________ 04/10/06-12:24--CR ____________________________
>  S7> COMPID= 5722SS100                                                  
> Action Taken:                                                           
>                                                                         
> Jeffrey -                                                               
>                                                                         
> I investigated and contacted development and there currently is no      
> support to handle a single string delimiter that is used within the same
> string delimiters.  The processing fails because the code can attempt to
> find a 2nd matching string delimiter and therefore can go past the end  
> of field delimiter, into the next field.                                
>                                                                         
> I believe a circumvention for                                           
> you would be to use a different string delimiter such as '~' or         
> something other than a '"' which is being used as an inch symbol as     
> well as string delimiter in your example.  Unfortuneately the CPYFRMIMPF
> does not handle string delimiters within the same string delimiter as   
> sometimes expected.                                                     
>                                                                         
> The other option for you beyond the circumvention would be to submit a  
> design change request so our development could consider a change for a  
> future release. If you would like to this let me know and I can make    
> sure you get a DCR form.                                                
>                                                                         
> I hope this is of help for you. Let know if I can close this PMR, or    
> what you would like to do....                                           
>                                                                         
> Thanks, Kevin.                                                          
> 
> 
> Action Plan: Await reponse from Jeffrey                                 
> ________________________ 04/10/06-12:27--CC ____________________________
> Customer Rep: Jeffrey                                                   
> Action Taken: Notified customer PMR has been updated                    
> Action Plan:  Email-fup                                                 
> 
> </IBM Response>
> 
> <My response>
> 
> It's the State of Indiana and they send this file to other businesses, not
> just us.  They are not going to change the delimiter(s) due to this
> deficiency.  I would like a DCR.
> 
> </My response>
> 
> -- 
> Jeff Crosby
> Dilgard Frozen Foods, Inc.
> P.O. Box 13369
> Ft. Wayne, IN 46868-3369
> 260-422-7531
> 
> The opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily the opinion of my
> company.  Unless I say so.
> 
> 
> 
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