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Post by Jayaram » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:35 am

my cobol program has got huge data to be sorted internally. During the execution of the program it is giving sort capacity exceeded.So now I want to process whole data without any issue. Can I know the way to do that?

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Post by NicC » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:00 pm

Give more sortwork areas? Have you read the sort manual for your sort? What sort cards are you using? What sort options are you using? What sort JCL are you using? Or are we supposed to know these things telepathically?

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Post by DikDude » Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:56 am

Most of these things are not specified in an internal Sort.

How many records or what size are being sorted?

How much sort work has been specified?

The internal sort provided some informational / diagnostic information whan it ran. Posting this output may help us help you.
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Post by William Collins » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:43 am

You need to show your code, data-definitios, the sysout from the failed step, and the value of compiler option FASTSRT.

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