01 data-value.
         05 returned-packed1  pic s9(3)v9(2) packed-decimal.
            move 345.67 to returned-packed1.

            DISPLAY  data-value UPON data-area
               FOR "DECDATA" LIBRARY "QGPL".

            ACCEPT   data-value FROM data-area
               FOR "DECDATA" LIBRARY "QGPL".

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 -- IBM Certified Specialist - AS/400 Administrator
 -- IBM Certified Specialist - RPG IV Developer

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-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Truax <>
To: COBOL400-L List <>
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2001 4:57 PM
Subject: Change *DTAARA from within a COBOL pgm ?

I have a COBOL 400 program that uses a call to QCMDEXC to change a *DTAARA
(Data area).
Is there a less overhead utilizing manner in which to change a *DTAARA from
within a COBOL program than using the QCMDEXC?
Maybe some similar way to the way RPG400 does it by using the IN opcode then
the OUT opcode?
Tim Truax  :-)

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