The terms "flat file" and "externally-defined" don't usually go together in
my mind, although they can. As Dan asked, what is the data type of the
source? Is it a single character field? What is the formula you are using,
if you are using a result field? If the source is character and needs to be
substrung and then converted to numeric, this is hard in Query/400 but
doable-you can use the MICROSECOND function - can tell you more if you need
this ugliness. You'd be better off using an SQL query in a *QMQRY, using
STRQMQRY with OUTPUT(*OUTFILE). What release of the OS are you at?
At 01:01 PM 10/28/2004, you wrote:
The source file is a flat-file, externally-defined. The target file has a
Dan Bale wrote:
When you said COMP, I thought you were talking COBOL, and comparing that to
Defining a packed field in query? Let me ask, is this an externally-defined
file you are querying? It sounds like you might be dealing with a
"flat-file" with no external definition and, so, you have packed data in a
long character field you need to extract. Is that it?
Otherwise, I have no idea why you need to explicitly define a packed field.
American Trouser, Inc.
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