Sorry - I missed the contiguous fields bit and thought you were loading records into an array.

In that case, the method in the article was exactly what you needed - and that is pretty much what Birgitta showed you.

The update should not be needed.

Jon Paris

On Sep 13, 2017, at 7:42 AM, JRusling@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

Thanks for the article Jon.

I am confus-ed, missing something or whatever. I am reading a single
record to load contiguous fields into an array(s).

Is the solution you propose below for a single record or for multiple
records...? like i said... i am confus-ed. :)

The article you referenced (Found this Paris article, i'm trying to adapt
and use now -> <>
< <>

Is the "as designed" way to go - particularly if you wanted to avoid
pointers - which may cause issues for those who follow you since pointers
are not exactly common currency in the RPG world.

This is one of those interesting (and rare) cases when Multiple Occurrence
DS can work.

Just set the Occur level before you do the read.

By the way - as you have hopefully realized from the article - the POS
keywords are not needed. The fields will be contiguous in the DS anyway -
POS just confuses the issue I think.

Personally I would use a DS array defined with LIkeRec and use DS I/O.
Like So.

dcl-ds data LikeRec(recname);

index += 1;

Chain key filename data(index);

That is by far the simplest approach.

Jon Paris
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