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Maximum length of a variable in COBOL

Postby premv12 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:54 pm

Recently Somebody asked me this questing.
1. What is the maximum length of a variable that can be defined in COBOL?

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Re: Maximum length of a variable in COBOL

Postby MrSpock » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:12 pm

Look in the section "Appendix B. Compiler Limits":

http://publibfp.boulder.ibm.com/cgi-bin ... /CCONTENTS
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Re: Maximum length of a variable in COBOL

Postby dick scherrer » Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:24 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum,

The limit varies by which release of the compiler is being used. There is a different set of "limits" for each compiler.

Make sure you look at the "Compiler Limits" for your compiler. . .
Hope this helps,
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Re: Maximum length of a variable in COBOL

Postby premv12 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:48 am

What's the limit for cobol 85 compiler?
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Re: Maximum length of a variable in COBOL

Postby Robert Sample » Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:04 am

"COBOL 85 compiler" is not a mainframe compiler. It is a reference to one of the standards for COBOL but that does not identify a version of the compiler. Enterprise COBOL, COBOL for MVS & VM, OS/390 COBOL, VS COBOL II, OS/VS COBOL -- these are all mainframe COBOL compiler versions. Notice there is not a single version (85 or any other year) listed.

The link you need to research is http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/cobol/library/
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