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Low Value Hex

Low Value Hex

Low Value Hex

I have what appears to be a really stupid question...but everytime I ask my sofwtare house I get a random response. Basicially I need to create a file as on a server as follows:-

001123456702 50000.00

The point between the 2 and the 5 are supposed to be low values (I have been told I cant use spaces).....how on earth to I get a flat file to show this.

Any clues would be great

RE: Low Value Hex

Can you provide the record description for this data record, please. Also, what COBOL compiler are you using to produce the data?

Tom Morrison
Hill Country Software

RE: Low Value Hex

Just assign x'00' to that position - assuming that it is PIC X.


RE: Low Value Hex

How is this file/data to be used?

LOW-VALUES is not a "printable" value. Showiont the data in HEX will allow someone to "see" the x'00'.

RE: Low Value Hex

If the file is a Line Sequential file, by default Micro Focus COBOL (and maybe others) will insert a low-value byte (as an escape code) before any caontrol character in the data (characters < than space). Thus if you accept the default and put a low-value character in the data, you will get two! low-value characters. Upon reading such a file, the low-value (escape) byte will be removed before presenting the data to the application.

RE: Low Value Hex

A couple of possiblities

  1. Write a program
  2. Use a Hex Editor
  3. Use something like the RecordEditor. You will need to setup the file definition. For the Hex-Zero field, define as a binary integer and set it to 0.
  4. On the mainframe, use standard SPF editor and put hex mode

RE: Low Value Hex

I think the OP has left the building.

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