I'm not sure how you could do this without a lot of "trickery"...lol

The COBOL data name standards are limited to certain characters of
the alphabet. Even though the compiler allows the copying of a file
layout using auto-replacement of key characters (ddr-, ddrs-, etc.)
the actual SELECT filename appears to be limited to the COBOL standard.

You *may* be able to contruct a jobstream that renames the physical
file "on the fly", runs your program and then renames the file back
to its original name. Of course, you would have to do the same thing
whenever you compiled your program...

If the @COLORS file is small in size and not being updated, you could
simply replicate its contents into another work file but I'm sure you
have already thought of that ;-)


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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [COBOL400-L] File names with special charaters in COBOL program

    Is there a way to use a file name containing a special character in a COBOL program.  When I try to use a file named @COLORS in the program I get a syntax error.  I even tried using the name without the @ in the program and then override the file.  Still not working.

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