Touch by default will set the CCSID to be the same as your job. The QSH version of touch has a -C flag that will let you set the CCSID if touch is creating the file. If the file already exists, it won't change the CCSID. Touch from pase doesn't have the -C flag.

-----Original Message-----
From: RPG400-L [mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Yeung
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 11:41 AM
To: RPG programming on IBM i
Subject: Re: Append to IFS File

On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 11:59 AM Barbara Morris <bmorris@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

CHGATR wouldn't work after using 'cat' since data-loss would have
already occurred.

I didn't realize there *was* data loss. I would have thought `cat` just faithfully reproduces bytes. (Is that Unix thinking when we actually need Unix-style-but-on-IBM-i thinking?)

But it should work to use 'touch' to create the file, CHGATR to set
the CCSID, then 'cat'.

It had been my understanding that `touch`, *from QSH*, sets the CCSID, so you would only need to do CHGATR at all if you purposely needed a different CCSID. And even then, the circumstances would be kind of weird, because CHGATR doesn't actually change bytes *in* the file, just metadata. If all the job/system/whatever CCSIDs are properly set before embarking on this endeavor, I would have thought you shouldn't need CHGATR at all when working from QSH.

John Y.
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