According to the November 1998, Volume 1, Number 1, issue of AS/400 Experts
Journal; in an article by Skip Marchesani:

Access Paths are a Good Thing
There is a myth in the AS/400 community that is no longer true.  That is:
Access paths (logical files) on a file are resource intensive, have a
negative impact on performance, and should only be used where absolutely

This is no longer true in today's environment on the AS/400!
The myth stems from the S/38 and was the guideline that IBM was giving
customers at that time.  The Rochester development lab began to change the
algorithms for access path maintenance in Version 2 of OS/400 and finished
the task in V3R1.  Access paths (logical files) are no longer the
resource/performance hog they used to be on the S/38.

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

                    Barb Nash
                    <Barb.Nash@phbcorp.       To:
                    com>                      cc:
                    Sent by:                  Fax to:
                    midrange-l-admin@mi       Subject:     Multi format logical 
file - will it be a resource hog?

                    01/28/2002 04:37 PM
                    Please respond to

Hi there,
           I have been given the specs to create the files for a new
system.  So far I have 26 different file formats.  I was thinking of
creating a physical file for each format and then a multiformat logical
file.  Will this multiformat logical file be a resource hog when used in
various RPG and COBOL programs?  Query?  Is there a better solution??

Barb Nash
PHB, Inc.
Fairview, PA

Phone: (814) 474-1552 extension 225

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