The mess escalated from just being an embarrassment to me to a formal request to remove the duplicates. The frustrating thing is since I have arrived at work today, seven hours ago, I have barely had twenty minutes to do anything. I guess that beats being unemployed. But, kind of hard to get anything accomplished with constant changing of focus.

John McKee


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From: CRPence CRPbottle@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:53:46 -0500
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Remove duplicate records

jmmckee wrote:
I think I see the logic to do this with a relatively simple RPG
program. I have managed to create a base file that has ACCT, CYC#,
DATE, TIME, and poster id. Seems like I have to do is read a record
from this file, chain to the multiformat logical, check which record
format was read, check the poster id (not in an index) and, if it
matches, delete the record. Seems too simple. Then, when done,
repost the original records.

I had wondered if SQL could do that to remove the uncertainty of
a one shot program.

Seems reasonable, but an SQL statement can probably perform the
same without any program; i.e. just one dynamic statement. So I was
suggesting that if the scenario were described less with words, and
more with scripted create & insert, then the scenario may be clearer
to someone who might then be able to suggest some simple SQL DELETE
statement. However without that information, there were likely to
be postings suggesting solutions that were of no help because of
mis-inference about the what and how of the files & data involved,
and\or hesitation to post for lack of necessary detail to be sure
any response would be worthwhile. For example was my inference of
what the files & data correct? I bet not, but what I presented did
not seem to me, to contradict any of the given text. And in this
post there is now mention of MFLF versus JLF.? No matter, I was
just trying to suggest [what IMO is] a better way to present the
problem.

Regards, Chuck
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