Another option, instead of DSPFFD try querying the file QSYS2/SYSCOLUMNS. 
Will that work for you?

Rob Berendt
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6928N 400E
Kendallville, IN 46755

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I do want field descriptions.  I basically need a file layout.

Jansen, Larry wrote:

>Glenn:  I am a bit confused by your question.  DSPFFD is used to display
>File Field Descriptions, that is, the names and characteristics of each
>field in a named file.  DSPFD is used to display File Descriptions, 
>the characteristics of the file, such as information about members, 
>length, number of fields in the file, and more.  It sounds like you want
>Larry Jansen
>Preformed Line Products
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>From: Glenn Thompson [mailto:gthompson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 1:02 PM
>To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
>Subject: DSPFFD *OUTFILE Curiosity
>**** Novice Question Alert ****
>I am trying to get a file description into a library so that I can query 
>off  it for a file conversion project I am attempting (note: more 
>questions to follow on that subject).  When I perform a DSPFFD on the 
>file for display on the screen the command works as advertised.  When, 
>however, I use the *OUTFILE option my file contains the contents of the 
>file instead of the file description.
>Obviously I have erred.  Below is the command I'm using.  Any insight is 

Glenn Thompson
Senior Analyst
American Trouser, Inc.

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