>I am in the middle of a large conversion, where during the 'big bang' - we
>will encounter numerous duplicate keys.  The data comes from a mainframe,
>and making the file truly unique first would probably be as large a task
>as the conversion itself.
>
>My question regards the nature of the I/O involved for a duplicate key.
>Is there a way to reduce the processor time the machine uses to determine
>a duplicate key exists?  We looked at the file description, and nothing
>was obvious.  The language is COBOL, and rewriting the code is less tahn
>desirable (although I personally feel a START in the proper paragraph
>would do wonders).......
>
>Dan Rasch - because if the human species concentrated on the really
>important things in life, there would be a shortage of fishing poles!


If you look at the file and the data, would adding another key field give
you a unique key?

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


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