On 04-Dec-2013 19:10 -0800, Vinay Gavankar wrote:

I have 2 files, FILEA and FILEB, which have exactly same format,
about 20 fields each and the total length of the record is less than
200 bytes.

FILEB is a subset of FILEA.

What is the simplest way of getting a file with records in FILEA not
present in FILEB?

Working on a development box, so I am free to create temporary files
from these 2, as the number of records in these files is not very

I may have to repeat this a few times so trying to figure the
simplest solution.

As UNION is a [row] set operation to combine rows, similarly the INTERSECT but to obtain matching rows, and the EXCEPT is another to show the difference.

IBM i 7.1 Information Center -> Database -> Programming -> SQL programming -> Data manipulation language -> Retrieving data using the SELECT statement

_Using the EXCEPT keyword_
"The EXCEPT keyword returns the result set of the first subselect minus any matching rows from the second subselect.

So for example with the given assumptions, a similar scenario:

create table qtemp/filea (a char, d dec)
insert into qtemp/filea values
(1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 3), (4, 4), (5, 5)
create table qtemp/fileb (a char, d dec)
insert into qtemp/fileb values
(1, 1), (2, 2), (5, 5)
select * from qtemp/filea
select * from qtemp/fileb
; -- effective report from above query follows:
3 3
4 4
**** end of data ****

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