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(Can be used in FASTREXX procedures.)

SET_FLD allows you to set a value for any field defined in a template.

The name you specify must match a field name in the template. For nonunique names, you can specify a name in the form groupname.dataname. Name matching is not case-sensitive. If the name is unqualified, then the first occurrence of the name is used. For dimensioned fields, you can refer to an individual array element by providing a suffix subscript in the form (nn), where nn is a valid subscript for the dimensioned field. If you do not provide a subscript, the function applies to all elements of the array.
The value used to update the field. The value should be appropriate for the field data type. The following can be specified:
  • A hexadecimal string in the form 'hhhhhh'x. The value enclosed in quotation marks must be an even number of characters and contain valid hexadecimal characters (0–9, A–F).
  • A binary string in the form 'nnnnnn'b. The value enclosed in quotation marks must be a combination of "0"s and "1"s.
  • A character string. For non-numeric types, the value should be enclosed in quotation marks.
  • A numeric value.
  • A variable in the form &variable_name. A variable is substituted for the value if a matching character, numeric, or tally variable can be located. If a matching variable cannot be found, the string is treated as a literal value.

    You can refer to a substring of a variable by specifying &variable_name(n:length) which returns a string starting at the nth character of the variable for the minimum of the length specified by length or the remaining length of variable. If n is greater than the length of the variable, the value is treated as null.

Specify an integer n to duplicate the literal value n times.
Note: This cannot be used for numeric fields and can only be used where the value is a literal constant and not a substitute variable.
Specify a literal to appear on a tally report that counts every successful operation of the function.

Example 1

Store the value 'xxxxxxxx' in the field ST-CHAR8.


Example 2

Store the value of variable NEW_EMP in the field EMP_NO.