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Re: OT: Cobol Copybook format

From: Scott Canaan <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 09:05:09 -0700
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    These are usually file layouts, in COBOLese. 
FILLER is usually unused space, as in:
first-name pic x(20).
filler pic x value space.
last-name pic x(30).
This is the first name, a space, and the last name.  FILLERs usually
have a value associated with them, unless they are truly not used, since
COBOL does not do a good job of initializing fields (some programmers do
it manually by moving spaces to the entire record).
    If you have any further questions, don't hesitate
to ask...
"Koivu, Lisa" wrote:
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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