Was this field a recent change?
I am assuming that the file is not journaled, if it is - see what the journals have to say
Usually - this happens when a program that writes the record has not been changed for this field
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From: RPG400-L [mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Brad Stone
Sent: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:16 AM
To: RPG programming on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries) <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Packed field with Blanks in it... how?
I am helping a customer with a random problem where a field from a file
(packed 16,0) is getting filled with blanks.
On a dump we see hex 04040404040.... in it. And of course it's throwing a
data decimal error.
I tried to look in the program for something obvious, but it's an old
monolith of a program with weird columnar RPGIII code.
Anyhow, in what instances would a field read from a file (or even an
unsuccessful read) that is defined as packed get blanks in it? The field
is not manipulated in any way that I can see.
If reads and no record, it should be zero. If it reads and gets a record,
it should be the value from the file (in this case, confirmed to be zero..
and even hex value shows 000000000000000F.
Just grasping at straws I guess. I've not seen this unless there is an
overlaying DS on a numeric field that gets set to blanks for some reason.
Bradley V. Stone
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