I have a source program compiled with Cobol-2. The output
file has a record length of 100 defined in the program but
a record of 60 bytes getting written into it. i.e. The rest
of 40 bytes I am not Writing anything. But it by default
puts some values into the last 40 bytes. However it does
not impact anything. But when Compiled the module with
Enterprise Cobol the last 40 bytes were spaces as fillers.
Can anyone explain?




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I have a source program compiled with Cobol-2. The output file has a record length of 100 defined ..

Answer / ram.g

hi

Before writing into the output file, just explicitly give
move spaces to rest of fields..
eg: ww-filler pic x(40) value spaces.
move ww-filler to ww-out-rec(61:40)
write ww-out-rec.

i hope the above code will resovle your problem.

Happy coding,
Ram.G

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I have a source program compiled with Cobol-2. The output file has a record length of 100 defined ..

Answer / ramanujam

it may be filled with null values. Junk charecters.
Due to before writing data it has to initialize.

That is the reason it is showing junk charecters.

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I have a source program compiled with Cobol-2. The output file has a record length of 100 defined ..

Answer / prashanth

IN THE CASE OF FB , IT WILL FILL SPACE I.E, FILLER, BUT IN
VARAIBLE MODE YOU CAN'T SEE SPACE OR FILLER.

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I have a source program compiled with Cobol-2. The output file has a record length of 100 defined ..

Answer / vish

I think you ppl are hitting on wrong direction for
answering this question. The question doesn't seem to be
asking how to resolve a junk character, instead it's asking
about the different behaviour of the same program in two
different versions of Cobol - COBOLII and Enterprise COBOL.
One is placing junk characters in the last 40 bytes and the
other one intialized it to spaces. Any possible answer from
anyone now...?

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I have a source program compiled with Cobol-2. The output file has a record length of 100 defined ..

Answer / sivakumar sekharannair

I will try to answer as per my understanding on the
behaviour.
With cobol-2 junk values- This is because the the 40 bytes
are not properly initialized and so the system puts some
junk values.
With enterprise cobol - spaces- I beleive that the
enterprise cobol before using an work arean intialize it by
itself and then use it. that is the reason why the unused
40 bytes had spaces.
My answer is just an assumption

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