>Although I agree that LVLCHK(*NO) can be dangerous, how do you add a
>field to a file quickly?
>
>We use LVCHK(*NO), but always recompile any programs that write or
>update the record format.  This is especially important if the new field
>is not an alpha.
>
>--
>Art Tostaine, Jr.



AFIK, since you are already re-compiling programs, you'd be better off
declaring LVLCHK(*YES) for all of your files; you'd be no worse off, and
doing so would make if mandatory that all programs had all the fields
correctly lined up with the data in the file.

Using LVLCHK(*NO), any program can write any kind of data anywhere in the
record without regard to field boundaries.  Can you say 'scrambled data,'
girls and boys?

In the days before LVLCHK, there was always the chance that you'd write
blanks ot a numeric field (resulting in the infamous X'40404040' numeric
field errors).

--Paul E Musselman
PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com


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