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While I have read the post that it is all working now ...

I would reckon that the file was level check no and the program had not
been recompiled;

Or it the code is as old as you suggest and using program described input
specs that they were wrong.

In recent times decimal data errors that just start happening are almost
always a file change and set to level check no

My 2 cents



From: "Brad Stone" <bvstone@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "RPG programming on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)"
Date: 10/11/2021 12:16 AM
Subject: Packed field with Blanks in it... how?
Sent by: "RPG400-L" <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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
Native IBM i e-Mail solutions for Microsoft Office 365, Gmail, or any

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