Hth Darryl,

--->> EXTFILE eliminates the need to do a RUN-TIME OVRDBF.
--->> EXTDESC eliminates the need of a COMPILE-TIME OVRDBF.

dcl-f bar542d workstn infds(ScrDS) extfile('GLOBAL/BAR542D')
extdesc('GLOBAL/BAR542D') ;

John B

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We are working with some old style programs that use the same file defined twice in the program. Once for inquiry and the second for update.

Usually, before compiling one would use a OVRDBF command pointing the second file to the actual file. Example:



The OVRDBF would be FILE_1A to FILE_1.

There is a keyword that one can use in the F-Spec that saves you from having to use the OVRDBF.

What is the keyword we could use on the F-SPEC keyword.

Darryl Freinkel


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