>> We've done a lot of similar work.  We've gone to using PROCESS *NOSTDERR
which according to the manual, "indicates that the error handling method of
Version 1, Releases 1 and 2, is used."  This seems to have worked well for

That's a good point Michael.  I worked on that so many years ago that I had
completely forgotten about it.

Rick - this is certainly the safest option for you.  Michael's note has
reminded me that the there are bigger problems waiting to bite you in the
rear end if you simply code the file status.  I don't want to rely on my
memory (since it is obviously not functioning too well!)

Please do yourself a favor and read the S38 compatibility section in the
manual and also make _sure_ you read the bits related to *NOSTDERR !!!  The
old S38 compiler (and hence the early COBOL/400) was waaayyyyy too lapse in
enforcing certain ANSI standards and also very inconsistent in its error
handling.  *STDERR fixed that but at the expense of backward compatibility.
If you simply add the file status thing you will get past your dup key
problem but possibly at the expense of far nastier things - like unreported

Jon Paris

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