• Subject: Re: PF File Definition questions...
  • From: PaulMmn <PaulMmn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 21:10:06 -0400

You can -still- get a damaged index.   (:

Many times you can copy data from a PF with a damaged index using CPYF
FROMRCD(1).  This forces OS/400 to read records in arrival sequence,
bypassing the index.

This 'trick' has saved my, uh, -neck- a number of times.

--Paul E Musselman

>>> Was wondering how folks define PF's when it comes to keyed or not.
>In the past it was possible to get a damaged index on a file. The only
>way to fix it was to delete and recreate the index. If the damaged index
>was on a logical, all you had to do was recreate the logical. Physical
>files were another story. You couldn't copy the data because of the
>damage. You also couldn't reorg the file to recover. The only option
>was to restore from a backup.
>I actually had this happen to me, but it was back on the S/38. I've never
>heard of it happening on the AS/400 and I've been told (can't remember
>who) that it can't happen anymore.
>Joe Teff

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