Well, I'm glad you asked (and answered) as that was the first thing that popped into my head. I completely missed the special file part. Haven't used one since the S/38 days....

Roger Harman
COMMON Certified Application Developer - ILE RPG on IBM i on Power

-----Original Message-----
From: RPG400-L [mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jon Paris
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2016 5:01 PM
To: Rpg400 Rpg400-L
Subject: Re: free format replace I-specs and plist

OOOpppssss - answered my own question - I forgot that it was a SPECIAL file.

Jon Paris


On Nov 18, 2016, at 5:58 PM, Scott Klement <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


There is no free-format equivalent to PLIST. Probably the best solution would be to write an open access version of UNIXCMD.

But, aside from the PLIST, everything else can be done with free format. You can replace any I/O specs with data structures.

For example, this is EXAMPLE4 converted to free format:

dcl-f UNIX special(1000) pgmname('UNIXCMD')
plist(unixparm) usropn;
dcl-f QSYSPRT printer(132) usage(*output);
dcl-s cmd char(5000);
dcl-ds record len(1000) end-ds;
dcl-ds outrec len(132) end-ds;

C PARM cmd

cmd = 'cd /tmp; ls';
open UNIX;

read UNIX record;
dow not %eof(UNIX);
outrec = record;
write QSYSPRT outrec;
read UNIX record;

close UNIX;
*inlr = *on;

On 11/18/2016 3:22 AM, Arco Simonse wrote:
Hi all,

Maybe a dumb question, but here it goes...

We're using Scott's great UNIXCMD tool in our programs, and we want convert
our program to "fully free".
Replacement of the file declaration is no problem:

dcl-f UNIX special(1000) pgmname('UNIXCMD') plist(unixparm) usropn;
dcl-s cmd char(5000);

But how do I replace these specs?

I 1 1000 Record


Many thanks!
Best regards,

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