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Old 03-21-2019
dd will only do a byte to byte conversion from EBCDIC to ascii. Packed decimal achieves data compression by using 4 bit bytes, essentially storing two decimal digits in a single byte.
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Old 03-21-2019
There're plenty of similar threads at the bottom of this in the 'More UNIX and Linux Forum Topics You Might Find Helpful' section.
Including this one by the usual "actors/participants".
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Old 03-21-2019
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Originally Posted by vgersh99
Maybe I'm missing something, but wouldn't iconv do the job?
The question is more like, how to convert the ASCII text 0xFFFF into a binary number. The text is ASCII, but the value it represents is binary. Packed decimals are kind of like that, encoded in a special BCD-ish IBM manner that's neither plaintext nor binary as it's usually done.

The sticking point is, they often end up in the middle of EBCDIC streams which look like text files but are really fixed-size database records completely lacking in metadata. Very COBOL-ish. Very IBM. And not actually a text file. dd or iconv can't generate a sensible result from
Code:
String1String2String3(BCD Garbage)String4String1String2String3(BCD Garbage)String4

So, there isn't any generic code to convert a text stream out of packed decimal, and can't be. You have to read the data in a structured way and know which bits to convert and how.

This is usually the point where we ask for the necessary sample of data, OP refuses, and the thread dies.

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Old 03-22-2019
Hi jgt ,

I cannot able to share the original input file,bcz its highly confidential data.we are not using mainframe environment setup.I need either unix command or some java programming.

Thanks
Swapna
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Old 03-22-2019
What you are explaining looks very much cobol data file... in which case the easiest way out is to write a cobol program to read it and display/print the content, if that is fine, its very simple in cobol to write what need converting... and as already posted here, there is an open source cobol...
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Old 03-22-2019
As Corona688 predicted, the OP is unwilling to share enough information for us to be able to help. Without details on the format of the file's contents, there is absolutely nothing that we can do to help decode the data that it contains.

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