Yeah...those kinds of solutions haven't been required since before
1996...as that was when the SRCFILE parm was added to CHGPF (v3r2, v3r6,
v3r7)
http://www.tug.ca/articles/Volume12/V12N5/V12N5_Jansen_ChangingFileLayoutHelp.html

So not quite 20 years :)

Still sad to see some are still using that method...

Charles



On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM, Buck Calabro <kc2hiz@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 4/28/2014 12:31 PM, Steve Richter wrote:
On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM, Alan Campin <alan0307d@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

Just watching this one thread and you have the real costs. Billions
spent
dealing with problems like this where we should just be able to increase
the field size and recompile the few programs that use the PO fields
which
is what anyone else using SQL on other systems is doing.


exactly. The other thing the RPG IO programmer does is when he needs a
new field in the file he finds an existing field that is not being
used. For example, we needed to add the "outbound UOM" recently to
the product master. Instead of adding a column with a descriptive name
we found an unused field in the file. Outbound UOM is now stored in
the PRWUTS field.

I've been an RPG programmer for over 35 years and I have not seen this
done for more than 20. I'm not trying to dismiss your experience; I'm
reminding you that others' experiences differ.

--buck
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