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OPEN DATASET record length

Hi, All!

I have a string of length 2363 chars w/c I need to write on a file using OPEN DATASET statement. When I copied/opened the generated file from AIX to the presentation server WINDOWS, the record/line is broken into lines as if it was "word wrapped" (notepad).

How can I appear this in one line only.

Regards to all.

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    Posted on Nov 27, 2004 at 10:09 AM

    Hi Rico,

    Your problem has to do with the difference in fileformat between AIX (a Unix clone) based files and f.i. Windows Based files.

    AIX files put ONLY a CR character at the end of a line, where Windows based files put both CR and LF characters at the end of a line.

    When you transfer a file from AIX to Windows (using FTP tools) you take care of conversion by giving the FTP command ASCII before any put of get command.

    For SAP you actually do not need to worry. When using OPEN DATASET the system auto-senses what type of OS is behind it and will take care of the conversion, provided you tell what you want.

    In this case i assume you have a record with data that is written in ASCII characters and therefore you will need to use the OPEN/READ DATASET command as follows:

    DATA: myrecord(2363) TYPE C,

    mytable LIKE myrecord OCCURS 0,

    myfile VALUE '/usr/myfile.asc'.



    READ DATASET myfile INTO myrecord.


    APPEND myrecord TO mytable.


    The addition IN TEXT MODE does the trick.

    Furthermore, if you transfer the file from Application Server to Presentation Server with an FTP tool, be sure to do the transfer in ASCII mode (simply use the ftp command ascii before the get command).

    Hope this helps you,



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