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This is a big thank you to David Gibbs for providing this excellent
forum, and to Scott Klement for explaining (back on 03/14/2017!) the
problem I was having.
The issue was a tab-delimited file that happened to contain a BOM of
x'EF BB BF'. The first field was a numeric field, and CPYFRMIMPF was
getting a CPF2845 with reason code 7 "The FROMFILE numeric field ACCTNBR
contains blank characters, or other characters that are not valid for a
I found that IBM issued PTF SI79338 to correct CPYFRMIMPF's handling of
BOMs, and that my customer had this PTF applied.
Wikipedia informed me that x'EF BB EF' is for UTF-8, and that "This is
not literally a 'byte order' mark, since a code unit in these encodings
is one byte and therefore cannot have bytes in a 'wrong' order.
Nevertheless, the BOM can be used to indicate the encoding of the text
that follows it."
Then I googled midrange.com and found Scott's explanation at
; I checked
the file, and it had CCSID 1252. After I changed it to CCSID 1208, all
An interesting side note is that when the file was CCSID 1252, looking
at its contents with WRKLNK option 2 or 5 I could see the BOM bytes.
After changing the CCSID to 1208, options 2 & 5 no longer showed the BOM
unless I used F10 to display hex.
*Peter Dow* /
Dow Software Services, Inc.
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