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Write a log file in 4gl

Write a log file in 4gl

Write a log file in 4gl


I want to write a file during the execution of my 4ge.
I don't know how open and write into a file.

thank for your reply.

RE: Write a log file in 4gl

There are three typical ways of creating log files in Informix 4GL:

1) After a call to the Informix startlog function:


call startlog("/path/to/errorfile")

You can then append any text using the errorlog function to /path/to/errorfile :


call errorlog("my test line")

2)  You can use the Informix 4GL REPORT option:


# untested
START REPORT errReport TO "/path/to/myerrorfile"
OUTPUT TO REPORT errReport("a string of text")

Your errReport might look like this:


REPORT errReport(p_errMsg)
DEFINE  p_errMsg CHAR(80)

    PRINT column 2, p_errMsg

The drawback of the REPORT option is it truncates the file when the REPORT is started.

3)  You can input text into a database table and then unload to a file using the Informix 4GL unload syntax.  I think that is dumb for this case, so I won't even cover it.

Finally, there's a 4th way;  I've created a FAQ over in the IBM: Informix Dynamic Server forum:

FAQ179-2007: How can Informix 4GL interact with Unix?

The FAQ describes "C" functions that let you interact with the Unix OS.  This includes reading and writing to disk files "on the fly".  You really don't have to be a "C" programmer to use them.  Just link them into your code and call them correctly.

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