I don't think IBM will accept your request for change.  IBM's policy for
output files is never to change the file format, and put new fields on the
end, specifying LVLCHK(*NO).

Several releases ado, IBM added two new fields to QADSPOBJ (the output file

 ODSSZU   P    10.0      Save size in units
 ODSBPU   P    10.0      Save size multiplier

You are advised to multiply these numbers together to get the correct


Al Barsa, Jr.
Barsa Consulting Group, LLC


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Ok folks, I am going to submit a design change request form.  I want to
know, after I do so, who I'll have to watch out for in dark alleys.

We have individual objects on our system that are bigger than 10GB.  When
you do a DSPOBJD to an outfile the outfile returns 10 nines.  I need the
size of the field ODOBSZ increased.  Frankly, since it is a packed field,
adding one more digit would be painless, but that still wouldn't cut it -
each of these objects is 1/3 terabyte, or 12 digits.

I figure that it is better to make everyone go through a little suffering
in the short term than to have IBM add a new field and have to use SQL for
the following
case when odobsz <> 9999999999 then odobsz else newfield end as Size,

In case you are wondering how we got such huge files on our system - We are
using Tivoli/Adstar to backup our PC's to our 400.  From there to tape.  We
do restores on a frequent basis so this works out great for us.

I am hoping that since this uses a crapload of disk, and some hefty tape
drives, on the biggest 400 in the state then maybe I'll have a little pull
with IBM.

Rob Berendt
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin

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