So, this really has nothing specific to do with a pds? This could just as well be a simple sequential file?
i want to be able to tell rexx that the first colum in the first line should have this in this format
What does this mean?
Keep in mind that what you "have" and what want to do is completely clear to you, but may not be to others.
If that is the input, what should be the output?
What are the "rules" for getting from the input to the output?