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Re: OT: Cobol Copybook format

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Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 07:45:19 -0700
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LOL I haven't done COBOL programming since 1978 but if I remember correctly:

In the file definition section.
01 or 02 would correspond to a table;
The stuff indented below it (10's I think) would correspond to columns. PIC(99.99) means a numeric field with two positions to the right of the decimal point, max value 99.99. PIC(09.99) is similar except that it would supress leading 0's.
PIC(XXXXX) is alpha-numeric.
FILLER means a position in the record that does not contain meaningful data.
Look out for redefinitions. It means that the definition following occupies the same space in the data record as that which it redefines.

It's been too long since I've done that but I hope that it helps.

                    "Koivu, Lisa"                                                      
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Good morning everyone,

I have this messy document that is known as a copybook.  I've been searching the web to help me understand what the appropriate way to translate this into a table is.  If anyone has a link they are willing to share, or is willing to answer questions (like what the heck is FILLER?) please email me directly.

Thank you!

Lisa Koivu
Oracle Database Administrator

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