Thanks, Jerry. I didn't have any luck with this, as the fields both
evaluate the same. It drove me crazy. Even now, after the requirements
have changed, I'm still pondering this one.


-----Original Message-----
From: cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jerry Thomas
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 10:12 AM
To: 'COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400'
Subject: Re: [COBOL400-L] CICS Problem

Lora,

Evaluate both fields in hex to make sure they are equal in every byte. You
may have low-values instead of spaces.
EVAL ACEMPNOI :x
EVAL WS_COMM_BEGIN :x

If the if field is coming from a CICS BMS map it probably has low-values in
it.

Jerry Thomas

-----Original Message-----
From: cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of loravara@xxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 8:06 PM
To: 'COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400'
Subject: [COBOL400-L] CICS Problem

I'm a very new CICS programmer, and I'm running into a problem.

I'm trying to compare two data items. Both are PIC X(09). Both will
contain numbers, though.

At one point in the CICS program, I have:

IF ACEMPNOI = WS-COMM-BEGIN
NEXT SENTENCE
ELSE
PERFORM 1100-START-BROWSE THRU 1100-EXIT.

The problem is, the Else branch always triggers when the program reaches
this statement, as though the two data values are different, even when I can
verify that they are not.

ACEMPNOI is the field that receives the account number from the CICS map.
WS-COMM-BEGIN is the field in the DFHCOMMAREA that contains the last
ACEMPNOI that was searched on. I save it to this COMMAREA data item
whenever the program executes a successful STARTBR.

What am I doing wrong here?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Lora

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