Hi Dan, AFAIK, it wouldn't apply to a physical file, at least I don't know how you could define a multi-format physical file. However, you can have a multi-format logical file, such as the hdr/detail example you gave. In that case they would be "described" (as opposed to "non-described"), and each format would have a name: HDRFILE: A R HDRFMT A HDRFLD1 10A A HDRFLD2 15A DTLFILE: A R DTLFMT A DTLFLD1 5A A DTLFLD2 7A HDRDTLFILE: A R HDRFMT PFILE(HDRFILE) A R DTLFMT PFILE(DTLFILE) When copying the HDRDTLFILE, you could specify either format or *ALL. When reading the HDRDTLFILE in an RPG program, you could: C READ HDRFMT or C READ DTLFMT or C READ HDRDTLFILE then check the INFDS for the name of the format just read, or you could specify input specs with the name of the format and (heresy) a record-identifying indicator. HTH, Peter Dow Dow Software Services, Inc. 909 425-0194 voice 909 425-0196 fax ----- Original Message ----- From: <D.BALE@handleman.com> To: <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com> Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2001 11:50 AM Subject: CPYF RCDFMT parm > Can someone educate me how the RCDFMT parameter on the CPYF command is used on > a physical file? Is this something that would be used for a non-described, > multi-format file (i.e., S/36-style Header & Detail formats combined into one > file)? > > The help on my v3r2 says: > > Record format of logical file (RCDFMT) - Help > > Specifies, for copying from a database file only, the name of the record > format that is copied. If the from-file is not a logical or physical file, > *ONLY is the only value allowed. A record format name is optional if the > logical file has only a single record format, but either a format name or *ALL > must be specified if the from-file has more than one record > format. > > The possible values are: > > *ONLY > The only record format in the from-file is copied. When > the from-file is a logical file, this value is allowed > only if the file has a single record format. > > > *ALL > All record formats in the logical from-file are used. > > record-format-name > Specify the name of the record format that is copied > when the from-file is a logical or physical file. > > > Dan Bale > IT - AS/400 > Handleman Company > 248-362-4400 Ext. 4952 > +--- > | 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 > +--- +--- | 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: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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