> Except if you prefix the variable name by . (dot) or ? (question Mark) > (eg : DCL .MYPOINTER SPCPTR;) Actually just one, not more than one, symbol determines what to omit from the symbol table, because the internal template-creating program below the wrapper that is QPRCRTPG API accepts a one-character parameter that means, "omit symbols that begin with this character from the symbol table". The QPRCRTPG API passes a period "." in that internal parameter, thus your MI program symbol tables include questionmark-prefixed symbols, which I like to use for pointers. It appears OPM CL passes a question mark "?" in that internal parameter, thus CL program symbol tables include period-prefixed symbols. However, a bug in the DSPPGMVAR command (not the MI compiler) fails to correctly display symbol names with embedded periods, so frankly I just avoid periods in MI symbols altogether. For example, DSPPGMVAR PGMVAR(('A.B' ())) CPF1922 - Variable 'A.B' not found in program TEST. MATPG on program TEST *does* show variable 'A.B' in the symbol table, so, something is flakey with DSPPGMVAR.
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