In some cases that would definitely be the way to go, or at least consider. But these programs just print invoices with only slight differences.

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


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Roger Harman
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 1:18 PM
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Cycleing - Multiple Input Files

What if you externalized the logic into a service program? Just keep
the original two programs as the driver.


Jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 08/21/2008 10:25:57 AM >>>
I have two RPG IV programs that are, for the most part, identical.
While there are a few additional bits of logic in the second one, the
primary difference is that the primary input file has a different record
length.

What I would like to do is use the EXTIND(*INUx) keyword to condition
the two files; one as IPE the other as ISE. The CL that drives this
would set the appropriate switch. What I am not sure about is whether
or not this is permissible; can't recall ever doing this in even RPG II,
and the manual didn't answer the question. I can simply make the
changes and see what happens, but I thought if anyone knew that this
won't fly it was save me some time.

Changing the files to IF and USROPN, while perhaps possible, would not
be the best option if the former idea would work.

I really would like to merge these into a single program to cut down on
the maintenance headaches.

Thanks.

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

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