The %DEC() bif converts character to numeric. For example:

numericField = %dec(characterField:9:0)

9 = the precision (field length)
0 = decimal positions

But I would wrap that puppy in a MONITOR just in case invalid numeric data is ever in that character field.

Jerry C. Adams
IBM System i Programmer/Analyst
B&W Wholesale
office: 615-995-7024
email: jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

-----Original Message-----
From: rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alan Shore
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 3:18 PM
To: RPG programming on the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: MOVEL in freeform

Afternoon everyone
I have a program that uses the following code

MOVEL character-field numeric field

so that if character-field contains 00000000M the numeric field contains
000000004- (minus 4)

What is the freeform equivalent?
I have

numeric-field = %dec(character-field:9:0);

with numeric-field being defined as
D numeric-field s 9s 0
my program errors out with
Message ID . . . . . . : RNX0105
Message . . . . : A character representation of a numeric value is in
Cause . . . . . : A conversion from character to numeric found data that
not valid.
Recovery . . . : Correct the numeric data.

If anyone can help, or point me in the correct direction, that would be

Alan Shore
Programmer/Analyst, Direct Response
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C:(631) 880-8640
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