Copying a column

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Copying a column

Postby nm992 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:15 pm

I have a file of 247 bytes..I need tocopy only column 237-245 to another file..

How do I do that using sort?
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Re: Copying a column

Postby NicC » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:27 pm

First you read the forum rules. Then you post in the correct section. Someone will probably move this to the correct place. Do you use DFSORT or SYNCSORT?
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Re: Copying a column

Postby Frank Yaeger » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:54 pm


Here's a DFSORT job that will do what you asked for:

//SORTIN DD DSN=...  input file (FB/247)
//SORTOUT DD DSN=...  output file (FB/9)
   INREC BUILD=(237,9)

If you're not familiar with DFSORT and DFSORT's ICETOOL, I'd suggest reading through "z/OS DFSORT: Getting Started". It's an excellent tutorial, with lots of examples, that will show you how to use DFSORT, DFSORT's ICETOOL and DFSORT Symbols. You can access it online, along with all of the other DFSORT books, from: ... g3T7000080
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