Hi Francois,

These are 2 different statements:
d SYDDSREF E DS Based(Null)
DCL-DS SYDDSREF Ext Template END-DS;

The equivalent for
d SYDDSREF E DS Based(Null)
is
DCL-DS SYSDSREF Ext Based(NULL) End-DS;

A template can only be used for defining other data-structures or variables,
but the reference fields cannot be accessed at runtime.
When defining a data structure based on a pointer the data structure
sub-fields and the data structure can be used at runtime

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards

Birgitta Hauser


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-----Original Message-----
From: RPG400-L <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Francois
Lavoie
Sent: Freitag, 22. Mai 2020 22:16
To: RPG programming on IBM i <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Any changes to the RPG compiler lately ?

Hi there,

I had to recompile a module from a service program and the compiler issued
RNF0655:
"Item MSGID was defined with TEMPLATE and cannot be used in this context."

The code compiled before and would appreciate any idea why it's not
compiling anymore Was there a PTF in the latest CUME that changed the way
referencing a field in a Template DS ?

Here's the code
// DDS Reference Fields Definitions (MSGID defined as a 7A) DCL-DS SYDDSREF
Ext Template END-DS; ...
// @MsgID is a parm that I compare with the length of the defined reference
field MsgID If %Len(@MsgID)>%Len(MsgID);


If I define SYDDSREF the old fashion way, it compiles fine.
And, again the definition with Template above was working before then did
not for unknow reason
d SYDDSREF E DS Based(Null)

Thanks


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