On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 3:23 PM John Rusling via RPG400-L
<rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Executing CHGJOB CCSID(37) on program initialization works.
Not fond of it, seems kludgy but we use what works.

If it makes you feel better about it: Keep in mind that leaving the
system CCSID at 65535 is inherently kludgy. That setting, which I
agree is not worth the risk of changing at this point, is preventing
the built-in IBM facilities from helping you the way that they could
and should.

So I would view the initial CHGJOB as simply the obvious and
straightforward way to compensate for the fact that your system is
configured the way it is.

Another way to think of it is: It's never wrong to write something
explicitly, instead of relying on implicit behavior. In a way, it's
like using parens in the expression

4 + (5 * 3)

Yeah, operator precedence rules render the parens technically
unnecessary, but including them isn't a bad thing. And you can think
of CCSID=65535 as an environment with no operator precedence rules, so
the parens are elevated from "documentation of intention" to "actually
necessary to achieve intention".

John Y.

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