• Subject: Can a PF have >1 record format?
  • From: D.BALE@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 08:51:00 -0500

I asked this last week and got one response (thanks, Peter!) but would
appreciate a little more discourse on the topic.  The help for CPYF seems to
imply that a PHYSICAL file can have multiple record formats.  Am I missing
something?  I am already familiar with logical files having mulitple record

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

The help on my v3r2 says (and v4r4 softcopy is similar):

             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:

    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 record formats in the logical from-file are used.

    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
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