• Subject: RE: Suggestions for Changing Many Records in a Mapics DB File
  • From: "Shaw, David" <dshaw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 09:46:09 -0400

Forwarded by moderator for Joan McCready:
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Hi Al:

You're right - RPG is the way to go.  I have a simple RPG program that
updates the Item Class from ITEMASA to ITEMBL, for example, so I only have
to change Item Class code once per item and run the program when all the
items have been updated or corrected.

If you have a community, technical or four-year college in your area that
teaches RPG (preferably on the AS/400, but not necessarily), you can
probably get a student intern who has completed at least first-semester RPG
to whip up such a program for you - once that's done, you can run it as
often as necessary.

Joan McCready, IS Manager         phone:  636-479-4499
The Carondelet Corporation        fax:  636-479-3399
8600 Commercial Blvd              www.metaltekint.com
Pevely, MO  63070                 www.carondeletfoundry.com


-----Original Message-----
From: aldg [mailto:aldg@mail.rvi.net]
Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 4:44 PM
To: MAPICS Mailing List
Cc: Gershen, Al; Gershen, Al
Subject: Suggestions for Changing Many Records in a Mapics DB File


Hi Group:

My last letter (sent just a while ago) delt with the WHSLC field in both the
ITEMBL and ITEMASA Mapics files.

In a somewhat related matter, is there an easy way to change the WHSLC
fields in "many" Items No records with a minimal amount of keystrokes?

The methods I'm aware of (using "two" AS/400 sessions, and the Copy and
Paste computer functions) are:

1. Use Inventory Management's File Maintenance, the changes can be made to
one file and copied and pasted to the second file; one record at a time.

2. Similarly, using AS/400 utilities such as Data Base Utility (DBU) or Data
File Utility (DFU), the the changes can be made to one file and copied and
pasted to the second file; one record at a time.

Is there a way to write a Query (using Query/400) that can make the WHSLC
changes to a List of Item Numbers in each file?  I don't believe this can be
done but I'd like some input on this question.

What about Report Program Generator (RPG)?  I'm not trained in it so I'm not
aware of its capabilities.  This is probably the tool to use to make changes
to a group of records in a large DB file.

I look forward to your suggestions and commments.

Regards....



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