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Packed Decimal

How do we create a text file with COBOL "Packed Decimal" value in UNIX ?
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Old 06-21-2002
You can't do that. Well, I guess it depends on what a "text file" is. I think of a collection of lines. And each line is a collection of ascii characters followed by a new line. This defination doesn't give you enough control over the bits to handle packed decimal.

And unix does not come with and tools really intended for packed decimal. So to create a data file with packed decimal, I would write my own program. C or Perl or even COBOL might be good choices for the language. I guess that I would go with C.
 

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