I haven't worked with an ESDS since I worked on IBM mainframes. It was one
of the three kind of VSAM files. Lora - is this problem occurring on an


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File status 39 means the attributes of the file don't match. When you say
it's an ESDS, I assume you're referring to an Entry Sequenced Data
Set--a.k.a., an arrival sequence file. I've not worked with
variable-length files (I can't even find anything in the IBM documentation
about it), but I know for variable-length fields you need to compile with
CVTOPT(*VARCHAR) or a PROCESS VARCHAR option. The part I don't understand
is that variable-length fields are supposed to simply be declared as
filler if CVTOPT(*VARCHAR) is not specified--it's not supposed to stop the
program from running. Usually file status 39 indicates a level-check
(MCH4131). Are you using the external definition for the file or are you
trying to describe it in your program?

Michael Quigley
Computer Services
The Way International

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[COBOL400-L] Opening a Variable-Length ESDS


I have a variable length ESDS that I want to open and write to.

Every time I try, I get a VSAM error code 39, which seems to be telling
that I can't open it.

Any thoughts on the select and assign statements for this task?

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