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Sometimes it might be helpful to see only 1 or a few records in HEX (rather than the entire file w/ HEX ON).
When VIEWing or EDITing a file use the line command HX to show that line in HEX. To show 3 records, enter HX3. To turn the hex off enter HX (for 1) or HX3 (for 3). Or in the Command area, enter HEX OFF.
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i would invest some time either reading any of the COBOL Application programmers guides,
or even google COBOL tutorials.
a quick google search for 'why use variable length records'
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JCL, SQL and code in programs have an irritating habit of doing what you say,
not what you meant.
Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:47 am Post subject: VARIABLE FILE IN COBOL
In transaction files of banks for eg has a header record,detail records,trailer record.So 3 different kind of records of variable length are there.In such cases comes the use of defining file as variable length format.
RECORD VARYING FROM 1 TO 2795 CHARACTERS
RECORDING MODE IS V.
03 FILLER PIC X OCCURS 1 TO 2795 TIMES DEPENDING ON WS-REC-SIZE.
here 2795 is the size of largest record in that file.
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