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Jon Paris wrote:

On 9-Jun-09, at 5:43 PM, Scott Lindstrom wrote:

You guys frighten the heck out of me! If IBM changed the copy member don't you think there might have been a reason? Like the data is now returned differently or ...

Exactly what copy member is it you are using Scott?

Jon:

I don't have access to older /COPY members; but, IIRC, the significant change was simply that IBM commented out the more or less useless field definitions following other fields that held the number of elements. Particularly with a varying number of array elements, it was meaningless to provide a live definition for a single PIC X(10) field when it was really an array element. (In fact, maybe they only supplied a PIC X(0001)?)

Now, if there was a way they could have generated something like [OCCURS i TO j DEPENDING ON n], where i might be zero, then the definition might have been useful.

But that's pure speculation over hazy memory.

Tom Liotta


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