If the field you are testing is blank, you may want to try
.... no data would cause the error you are getting

This works for me, obviously there could be several ways to solve it

numeric-field = %int(character-field)+0;
... the field would not error out on blank data

But, if there is possibility of unexpected characters in your data
.... you should use monitor as someone else suggested

-----Original Message-----
From: rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Alan Shore
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 1:18 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
P:(631) 244-2000 ext. 5019
C:(631) 880-8640
"If you're going through Hell, keep going" - Winston Churchill

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