What SYNCSORT version you are using ?
For version check in SYSOUT...
Suggest you learn how to identify the product name and release/version for all of the products you are using (i.e. your sort, Easytrieve, etc). This information may be critical to answering your questions.see am using pgm=sort not using dfsort or syncsort
why post in the JCL section ?
You should have noticed that there are two sections expressly for <SORT> related questions
find out which <SORT> flavor You are running ...
( ICE... messages indicate DFSORT, WER... messages indicate SYNCSORT )
and post Your questions there
both DFSORT and SYNCSORT sections are followed by TOP experts from the relative companies
so just by asking in the right place You will get answers directly for the best!