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Eric -

I agree with your recommendation, but it will not necessarily solve the problem for everyone.

To facilitate installing software upgrades, JDE (Oracle) recommends (and reserves for customers to use) the $ as the first letter for custom-defined Data Dictionary entries.

In a JDE shop If you create a lot of new custom fields, the F98FRF$ field reference file will eventually reach the maximum record length and won't compile - usually when you're in crunch time and /really/ need to get something done quickly.

This happened to us at Alcon Labs a couple of years ago.

https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/i/7.4?topic=concepts-database-file-sizes
https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/i/7.4?topic=capacities-miscellaneous-limits

Regards,
Steve Landess
512-289-0387

Eric wrote:
I recommend that you create multiple field reference files,
just as JD Edwards WorldSoftware specifies 26 field reference files,
one for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet,
and additional field reference files for $ and @.
When you have many fields to define, you need more field reference files.
I have a misty vague memory that you are describing an IBM limit
(record length . . . maximum of 32766)


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