I always thought it was unnecessary -- simply allow ACTGRP(*DEFAULT) instead of DFTACTGRP(*YES).

Jon Paris wrote:
I think the problem is more that the parameter name DFTACTGRP was always a truly stupid one. If it had been named sensibly it would have been CMPMODE (or whatever Compatibility Mode would become). Seen in that context, the differences make more sense in that the C, C++, and COBOL compilers do not offer compatibility mode operation. You can make a good arguement that COBOL certainly should have offered compatibility mode (and I'll accept my share of the blame for the fact that it doesn't) but there were budgetary constraints at the time that made it impossible to incorporate.

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