CSV is one option. However I've discovered that XLS is often preferred.
It takes some hard searching but there are commands like SQL2XLS out there
on the internet which work like this:
SQL2XLS SQLSTMT('select iprod,idesc from iim')
The download link seems to be broken. I am searching for another.
CSV can be fraught with errors. For example, if you try to import this
2" Steel rod
from CSV into XLS it goes somewhat bonkers because Excel tries to convert
that with quotes around it and it's an odd number of quotes now.
If you've got some programmers on staff there are some awesome
presentations on how to do this at:
If you want to stick with CSV and you've got programmers on staff then you
may want to look at
There are some old deprecated commands out there: CPYTOPCD and CPYFRMPCD.
Don't use those as they are limited to what directories to stick them
into. Basically subdirectories under QDLS. There's performance issues
with that file system, and who likes the old dos 8.3 file naming
I hate to mention these but there are commands CPYTOIMPF and CPYFRMIMPF. I
personally don't like them because IBM changes them with every release and
I have to modify the code that uses them. Also, writing to the IFS
directly as shown at the Scott Klement website will perform better than
IBM's commands. I've debugged IBM's commands and can understand why.
That's getting a little technical for this audience. Take this to the
midrange-l list if you want to know more.
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