Another option would be to call the QCLSCAN API.

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> To: COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400
> Subject: [COBOL400-L] Green-screen search argument
> Good morning,
> Suppose in a subfile app I want to list only the entries that 
> contain a specific string value and filter out all others. 
> For example, I want to list only the customers that have 
> "JOHN" in their name.
> The search-argument is "JOHN" and the application needs to 
> display "JOHN SMITH", "BIG-JOHN", "SALLY JOHNSON". Suppose 
> the Customer Name is 30 bytes long. How do I construct an 
> INSPECT operation so that it looks at the customer name for 
> the string "JOHN" without including the 26 blanks?
> Cheers. -- Jay
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