In fact, nearly all of my programs (interactive and batch) have 
print files defined "just in case" ;-)

I agree with Terry's notion of avoiding SYSOUT - but I would use a called
program/procedure to do the logging.  I would also tend to use a database to
report to rather than a print file simply because I can use SQL etc. against
the debug file to locate entries with specific values.

In the past I have built utility routines of this nature that allowed me to
print and/or database log specific debug messages.

Jon Paris
Partner400

www.Partner400.com 



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