as parameters are passed as pointers.... depending on the format expected
by the called program you could use the following example :
you need to pass packed decimal as X'0000000F' or to expand binary data
to hexadecimal characters (using for example the MI cvthc

D PgmName S 10
D Packed S 7P 0
D Bin S 10I 0
D Lbin S 10I 0
D Command S 1024
D CmdLen S 15P 5
D CBin S 16
D RunCmd PR extpgm('QCMDEXC')
D cm 3000 options(*VarSize)
D const
D ln 15P 5 const
D Char2Hex PR ExtProc( 'cvthc' )
D * value
D * value
D 10I 0 value
PgmName = 'PGM000';
Packed = 1234;
Bin = 1234;
Lbin= 8;
Char2Hex(%addr(CBin):%addr(Bin):Lbin) ;
Command = 'SBMJOB CMD(CALL PGM(' +
PgmName + ') PARM( X''' +
%EDITC(Packed:'X') + 'F'' X''' +
%trim(CBin ) + ''') )' ;
CmdLen = %Len(%Trim(Command));
RunCmd(Command : CmdLen);
*INLR = *ON;


From: CRPence <crpbottle@xxxxxxxxx>
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: 27/10/2015 21:34
Subject: Re: SBMJOB From RPGLE Passing numeric Fields
Sent by: "MIDRANGE-L" <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

On 27-Oct-2015 14:30 -0500, gio.cot wrote:

I would from RPGLE run a SBMJOB that call a program passing numeric
parameters .. is it possible ?

The means to do so are possible from any language, and the
requirements remain the same irrespective of language. So despite the
topic seemingly more appropriate on the language-specific forum, my
reply is generically presented for any language.


D Cmdlen 15P 5 CONST

D Q C ''''

D Command_String S 3000A Varying

Command_String =
'SBMJOB CMD(CALL PGM('+ q + MyPgm + q +') PARM(' +
Q + DbTrgDs + Q DbTrgLen '))';

Runcmd(Command_String : %LEN(%TRIMR (Command_String)));

Whatever is being done in the above, is probably worth discussion in
a fresh topic, *before* attempting to continue down that path; depending
on requirements, the path possibly of a downward spiral, into a
nightmarish hellhole.

The passing of a Data Structure (DS) is almost sure to fail, if not
pervasively and catastrophically, then worse, sometimes and\or only
subtly with unexpected effects. What is alluded by the described [or
should I suggest, what I infer from the described] could be functional
more generally, only *if* the DS were exposed as a hexadecimal string
prefixed by X to denote that the character string is passed as a
hexadecimal character string.

N.B. DBTRGLEN is B(9,0)

The proper designation for the data type\length of the second
argument for a trigger program is INTEGER, or for the RPG, that would be
in fixed-form 10I00 [instead of the 09B00 shown {expressed however, as

How can I do it ?

As a command /string/, a numeric value must appear as the character
representation of the numeric value.

In a concatenation expression to place the numeric value within that
string, requires one of:
? that the numeric variable would be replaced by an expression that
explicitly converts the numeric value into a character-string value
? a character [string] variable takes the place of the numeric
variable in the concatenation expression, after a conversion casting the
value from the numeric variable into the character variable has already
? that the language has an implicit casting from numeric to
character [and that the effect meets the requirements] thus allowing the
numeric variable to remain in the character concatenation expression

For the RPG language, the %EDITC() built-in is one means to convert
the numeric value for the variable DbTrgLen into a character-string,
thus allowing the first of the above; e.g. %editc(DbTrgLen:'L') in place
of DbTrgLen in the currently coded expression. Or that same Editing
expression could assign a variable, perhaps named CharDbTrgLen, and
declared as 11 or more characters; e.g. prior to the currently coded
expression, include a CharDbTrgLen=%editc(DbTrgLen:'L'), and replace the
DbTrgLen in the concatenation expression with CharDbTrgLen. But for
lack [of my knowing of] any implicit casting in the RPG, I do not
believe the last of those options are possible.

For any other language, the effective equivalent; both the issues
with the scenario [notably an effective DS, expressed as a
character-string, is likely to be problematic at best], and the
requirement to convert the numeric value into a character string
[because the input to the command-interpreter APIs will be a

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