David Shaw wrote: >Are you saying your physicals aren't keyed, that the details >are associated with the header purely by location within the file? This is common enough in data transmissions with "established" industries. EDI is a good example (look at a PO 850) or certain bank transmittals, where you get a header followed by N detail records followed by a trailer record. You just deal with the fact that the first record is laid out like THIS, the next n records are laid out like THAT, etc. I dealt with this in the old days (before RPG pointers) with externally described data structures and moved my generic input record to the appropriate data structure. Your code gets to decipher which layout THIS record belongs to... Buck Calabro Aptis; Albany, NY "Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know" -- Michel Montaigne Visit the Midrange archives at http://www.midrange.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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