• Subject: Re: Last symbol in doc after cpytopcd
  • From: "Leif Svalgaard" <leif@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 13:02:58 -0600

I didn't quite understand (evidently) what he was trying to do.
I assumed when he said "to a folder AS400" that he meant
going from a PC to the AS400. Duh !

anyway ASCII 26 is the PC end-of-file character.
It should have been ASCII 25, but ever since the PDP-11
(circa 1970)  people have used 26. Look at a US-style
keyboard and you can see that Z is just next to the CTRL
key so typing CTRL-Z (26) is easier than CTRL-Y (25).
CTRL-Z was used to end input from the console and
the convention stuck.
The ASCII 26 character was meant as a SUBstitute
character to replace invalid (e.g. with parity errors)
characters from the paper tape reader.
The ASCII 25 character was the real end-of-medium
character. (sigh)

----- Original Message -----
From: Sean Porterfield <sporter@bestdist.com>
To: <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2001 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: Last symbol in doc after cpytopcd


> Leif Svalgaard wrote:
> >
> > From: <KOKOREV@conversbank.ru>
> > > Are there some way to copy physical file (PF-DTA) to a folder AS400
without
> > last
> > > symbol? This symbol (ASCII 26) together with last line feed are write
> > automatical .
> > > I am using command CPYTOPCD.
> >
> > Are you sure that the ASCII 26 is not already present in the PC file?
> > (I assume that it is a PC file). If it is, you should use a PC program
> > to remove it.
>
> From CPYTOPCD help:
>
> Format of PC data (TRNFMT) - Help
>
>  :
> *TEXT
> :
>  :      The records in the PC document will be written in standard DOS
> ASCII  :
>  :      variable length format.  The ASCII carriage return and line
> feed      :
>  :      characters are added to the end of each record, and the ASCII
> end of  :
>  :      file character is added to the end of the PC
> document.                :
>
> I don't know why you would get an ASCII 26, but the help text does say
> you will get CRLF added to each line.
>
> HTH
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