1) Mark,  'Straight RPG' would be a shoehorn.  You would need a logical
file to perform the sort.

 Either a *LF or OPNQRYF to do the sequencing.  I never advocated 'straight 
RPG' w/o the input being properly sequenced.

2)  Joe, There is no such thing as a one line OPNQRYF.  You need the OVRDBF
and the rest of the kludge.  New people find SQL easy to use.  OPNQRYF's
crud about FILE vs. FORMAT, and which one do you declare in your RPG
program is for people who need a testosterone rush, and this does it for

 OVRDBF is an extremely common CL statement; I don't see the kludge here.  In 
its simplest form (for OPNQRYF): OVRDBF FileName SHARE( *YES ).  I think most 
of us on can handle it.

 The FORMAT() keyword is only needed when the layout of the data to be returned 
does not match the file defined in the RPG program.

3)  I think Alexei's solution was the most simple and straight forward.

 In the SQL world, maybe.  But the RPG solution is simpler and more 


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