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4.2.6 PADDING CHARACTER Clause




X >_Workstation_> Under AIX, OS/2, and Windows, the PADDING CHARACTER clause
X is not supported for line sequential files. It is treated as a comment for sequential, relative and indexed files. <_Workstation_<

The PADDING CHARACTER clause specifies the character which is to be used for block padding on sequential files.

data-name-5
Must be defined in the Data Division as an alphanumeric 1-character data item, and must not be defined in the File Section. Data-name-5 can be qualified.

literal-2
Must be a 1-character nonnumeric literal.

For EXTERNAL files, if data-name-5 is specified, it must reference an external data item.

The PADDING CHARACTER clause is syntax checked, but no compile-time or run-time verification checking is done, and the clause has no effect on the execution of the program.

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