• Subject: Re: Warning-BPCS 405 CD data files with bad creation dates
  • From: "Tim Armstrong" <tma@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 19:19:28 -0500

E-mail from Al Macintyre at boss's PC at work
Central Industries of Indiana, Inc.
(812) 421-0231

I've been thinking about Dave's nightmare - what a monster job he has & what
alternatives might be available that we have not yet considered?
Reconstituting the files so that the create date is correct, and contains
the desired data, and what is the business going to do in the mean time
while you have this humongous assignment & how will you test the results?

There are a whole bunch of us on BPCS_L who have successfully got to BPCS_L
& our files do not have this create garbage.

Consider a scenario, if our bosses & SSA approve.

One of us BPCS 405 CD sites whose business is not in competition with you
(industrial espionage temptation for Dave M co-workers looking at our
files), send Dave M a tape containing a recent backup of our files, or just
the library that contains our live BPCS files.

Dave restore our library --- we are not using the vanilla BPCS naming
convention for library --- but if you get this from some outfit whose
library name is same as yours, then consider renting time at IBM offices or
some consultant to work a library rename.

Do that work station clean-up to get rid of distractions, ONLY in what you
get from us.

Now copy YOUR DATA into OUR FILES replacing our data with your data.
Do you now have a clean data base in which the create dates are correct &
your data is the only data there?

Well just in case we are not using the same mix of modules, perhaps you
should CLEAR our files before starting this.

You had found the problem with general ledger & there may be others where
you need to combine data into what should be *FIRST from what really is
*FIRST.  Is that the only file with that problem, or are there others?
There is some IBM DSP*** I do not remember which one that might get you a
report listing all the files that have more than one member.  Perhaps DSPFD
*ALL files *MBR only to *OUTFILE for Query evaluation.  How do you go about
combining the stuff?  This analysis just tells you the files & the members
involved that need combining.

Also we have modified some files, not in layout but in content, such as DOC.
There's all the data area settings & we have altered some literals & we have
our own custom menus - off hand I do not remember which of that is in the
software objects library & which is in with the files or user libraries.
Some of it could be incorrect.

Basically you are using OUR library, or one from some other BPCS 405 CD site
that has clean files from perspective of create date, for purposes of a test
library, until you think you have all the problems fixed, then wipe
everything out of your live library & replace it with this cleaned one &
also use it as a master to fix the problems in the conversion path.

Dave M is probably not the only would be BPCS 405 CD site faced with this

I think that having a trusted consultant in the picture would make life
easier for Dave M & the next site to encounter this challenge & whichever
SSA client supplies the clean files.

GOOD GUYS send their files, not to Dave M, but to HELPFUL CONSULTANTS.  The
helpful consultants, do the clearing of the good guy data & get the library
name to something that is guaranteed not in conflict with SSA existing
library names.  They keep a copy of the cleaned set, so that Dave M can get
this, and also the next site facing the same problem.  Perhaps they also
supply a separate library of tools to help with the repairs, so that Dave M
& his future peers do not have to re-invent all the same wheels.


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