Hmmm, I don't use STRSQL much, I'm using ACS but DB2 for I, is DB2 for I, so would have expected it to work. And I just checked it in STRSQL and it's working on 7.3. Since it didn't give you an error, I'd check your DB2 group PTF level and/or check with IBM.

Coy Krill
Core Processing Administrator/Analyst
Washington Trust Bank


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alan Shore
Sent: 2018 February 15 05:12
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: How to recognize "foreign" characters
Importance: Low

Hi Coy
Well I cut and pasted you SQL into STRSQL and here is my results

DATA FOUND_AT
abc defghij 0
abcde fghij 0
abcdefg hij 0

I then slightly changed it
with junk as (
select concat(concat('abc', x'070707'), 'defghij') data from
sysibm.sysdummy1
union
select concat(concat('abcde', x'070707'), 'fghij') data from
sysibm.sysdummy1
union
select concat(concat('abcdefg', x'070707'), 'hij') data from
sysibm.sysdummy1
)
select data, hex(data) as Hex_date,
position(x'070707', data) found_at
from junk

Which displayed the following
DATA HEX_DATE FOUND_AT
abc defghij 81828307070784858687888991 0
abcde fghij 81828384850707078687888991 0
abcdefg hij 81828384858687070707888991 0
******** End of data ********

Alan Shore
E-mail : ASHORE@xxxxxxxx
Phone [O] : (631) 200-5019
Phone [C] : (631) 880-8640
'If you're going through hell, keep going.'
Winston Churchill

From: Alan Shore
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:21 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: How to recognize "foreign" characters

Thanks Coy
Will check this tomorrow



Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S(r) 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Krill, Coy" <CKrill@xxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:CKrill@xxxxxxxxxxx>>
Date: 2/14/18 5:16 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Subject: RE: How to recognize "foreign" characters Try this and see if it works, in case something is up with your system. I'm pretty sure this worked back on 7.1 but I'm on 7.3.

with junk as (
select concat(concat('abc', x'070707'), 'defghij') data from sysibm.sysdummy1 union select concat(concat('abcde', x'070707'), 'fghij') data from sysibm.sysdummy1 union select concat(concat('abcdefg', x'070707'), 'hij') data from sysibm.sysdummy1
)
select data, position(x'070707', data) found_at from junk;

Mine looks like this:

abcdefghij 8
abcdefghij 4
abcdefghij 6

Coy Krill
Core Processing Administrator/Analyst
Washington Trust Bank


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alan Shore
Sent: 2018 February 14 13:58
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Subject: RE: How to recognize "foreign" characters
Importance: Low

Thanks Coy
I am playing around with the query you sent me - so far - no luck - but its still early

Alan Shore
E-mail : ASHORE@xxxxxxxx<mailto:ASHORE@xxxxxxxx>
Phone [O] : (631) 200-5019
Phone [C] : (631) 880-8640
'If you're going through hell, keep going.'
Winston Churchill


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Krill, Coy
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:54 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Subject: RE: How to recognize "foreign" characters

That's an EBCDIC DEL character not ASCII where it's a BEL, I was misremembering which was which. We had problems with 07 bell and 08 backspace. They didn't convert correctly to EBCDIC, I don't remember what we had doing the conversion but it ignored control characters and left them as is, so we had RPG III code that removed both of those characters. They were warranty registration cards from a service bureau that did the data entry so I never knew why those would be embedded. Now that I think about it, I think those came on 8" floppies too <shiver>.

Coy Krill
Core Processing Administrator/Analyst
Washington Trust Bank


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Krill, Coy
Sent: 2018 February 14 13:37
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Subject: RE: How to recognize "foreign" characters
Importance: Low

I don't know about finding foreign charactes, but you can look for hex strings using position:

select *
from file
where position(x'070707', field) != 0

It might also be interesting to note that x07 is the delete character and way back in the day (late '80s) I remember seeing lots of those being stored in text strings especially when we were getting ASCII date from some service bureau.

Coy Krill
Core Processing Administrator/Analyst
Washington Trust Bank

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alan Shore
Sent: 2018 February 14 08:03
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: How to recognize "foreign" characters
Importance: Low

Hi everyone
Before I forget - we are on V7r1

Our system receives orders that sometimes contains "foreign" characters - chines etc., Arabic Looking at the data in hexadecimal, it seems to be consistently 070707, but never in the same place or length Is there any way (via SQL) to look for these characters within the string?

Alan Shore
E-mail : ASHORE@xxxxxxxx<mailto:ASHORE@xxxxxxxx>
Phone [O] : (631) 200-5019
Phone [C] : (631) 880-8640
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