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Well thanks for all that, Scott and Chris. I really did not notice that
the link was related to C/C++ (good to know though).

I have always asked about the fact that, for example, if your RPG parameter
in your called program is longer than the actual bytes that you write as
that parameter when CALLing it, very often I get, within my program,
garbage at the end of the parameter if I don't fill it out completely with,
say, blanks.

I guess that, like most OSes, the IBM i OS assumes parameters in a memory
space that's in the processor's stack pointer, and that area of memory is
very likely to have garbage before the OS actually writes your bytes to the
parameter value. I was having a bad time today because my text parameter
was not being %TRIMMED() to the actual size, and when I inspected it very
carefully, it was when I realized that there was garbage at the tail of it.

This is too bad. I think that the area of the stack pointer that points to
your parameter should be cleared out before, so you actually have what you
typed in on the command line.
I don't know why that happens. When debugging, I can see my actual data
then some spaces and then some known previous data like 'QCMD' and it is
that the stack kept that data.

Thanks a lot.


El vie, 29 abr 2022 a las 13:01, Scott Klement (<midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>)


The link you posted is to the ILE C/C++ Programmer's Guide. And indeed,
for ILE C/C++ it does add the x'00' automatically to the end of the

It does not for RPG, however. You'd have to add it yourself.

One way is to write your own command. In the CPP do something like




Or better yet create the command so that it prefixes the character
parameter with its length, which is more RPG-like.


On 4/29/2022 12:50 PM, Javier Sanchez wrote:
Hi folks:

How do you append a hex 00 byte to a text/char command line parameter?


CALL MYLIB/MYPROG PARM('My Text/Char parameter' + X'00)

The latter does not work because the plus sign would obviously be taken
the second parameter and just then the X'00' would be taken as the third
parameter. Of course that is not what I want.

According to IBM, below, it says that I don't need to do that because the
system automatically appends a hex 00 to the text parameter. Please
out this link:


But I wrote a small RPG program to test for a hex 00 byte and it doesn't
really do it.

My test program expects a 64-byte single parameter. Then I call it like

CALL MYLIB/MYPGM('my small text parm')

Then within my program, a test for a hex 00 like:

nullBytePos = %SCAN(X'00': text_param);

And it returns zero. What is wrong then?


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