Your missing the fact that you MUST use an override command to access the file in your F specs when you access the file with any type of RPG program. Then when some one creates the external definition of the file, loads the flat data into it, and keeps the same file name. Now no programs have to be changed because all the programs use the file as internally defined although you can start using the files external definition. Christopher K. Bipes mailto:ChrisB@Cross-Check.com Sr. Programmer/Analyst mailto:Chris_Bipes@Yahoo.com CrossCheck, Inc. http://www.cross-check.com 6119 State Farm Drive Phone: 707 586-0551 x 1102 Rohnert Park CA 94928 Fax: 707 586-1884 *Note to Recruiters Neither I, nor anyone that I know of, is interested in any new and/or exciting positions. Please do not contact me. -----Original Message----- From: HwaRangRon@aol.com [mailto:HwaRangRon@aol.com] Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 5:30 PM To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com Subject: Re: EXTNAME questions... >>That's a bug to me. Sort of like not being able to reference S36 flat files >>i.e. AR.CUST. I have questioned this for years.... But now for FTP or Isn't the purpose of the external name is to pull in the externally described field definitions of the file? If its a flat 36 file, then it's internally described and there would be no fields to pull into the data structure. What am I missing here? Ron Hawkins +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +---
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