Is LINKDECK and LINK Control Card the same?

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Is LINKDECK and LINK Control Card the same?

Postby hujirong » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:05 am


What's LinkDeck and Link Control Card, and the relationship with Link Editor? I want to have a good understanding of how Cobol program are compiled and linked, including DB2 and CICS.

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Re: Is LINKDECK and LINK Control Card the same?

Postby Robert Sample » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:11 am

Where are you getting these terms from? The compiler produces an object deck, which goes through the linkage editor / binder to create a load module. The linkage editor / binder allows control records to be used to include other load modules (or object decks), provide entry points to the load module, and give it a name -- among other things -- but LinkDeck and Link Control Card are terms I don't recall hearing before.
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Re: Is LINKDECK and LINK Control Card the same?

Postby dick scherrer » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:38 am

Hello and welcome to the forum,

Are you currently working for some company or attendending some training institution?

If yes, either will have standard compile processes for various combinations cobol/db2/cics.

Suggest you review these processes and learn how these processes are implemented on your system.

If you find something that is not clear, post what you found and your doubt. Someone here should be able to clarify.
Hope this helps,
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