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Re:Format of the Unload file

Discussion created by ca.portal.admin on Apr 16, 2008
Hi,

Using the standard IDMS Unload utility, the Unload file format appears
to be readable by a COBOL program. (NB: I've only tested this on 2
Areas.)

Does anyone know if there are any special exceptions, where an unloaded
data field will not be readable?

Note 1: I'm excluding consideration of Third Party Products, as I guess
that they probably use a proprietary format, which may not be readable.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Note 2: I'm not interested in an Unload by a in-house written program,
as the Utility will be faster, and I'm esp. interested in speed.

Thanks very much.

Mike.
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Re: Format of the Unload file
"Why would they be?

All of the key fields are in the control section, thus uncompressed.
The records, therefore are in the exact format needed to add them back
into the area.

I know journal records are compressed (if they're compressed records),
thus I would think the unload records would be compressed as well.

In any event, I don't know the answer one way or the other.

Dick

Richard Pierce
(617) 973-8911
richard.pierce@state.ma.us

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