5.1.1 File Section
The File Section defines the structure of data files. The File Section
must begin with the header FILE SECTION, followed by a separator period.
Data areas described in the File Section are not available for processing
unless the file containing the data area is open.
Represents the highest level of organization in the File Section. It
provides information about the physical structure and identification
of a file, and gives the record-name(s) associated with that file.
For the format and the clauses required in a file description entry,
see "Data Division--File Description Entries" in topic 5.2.
A set of data description entries (described in "Data Division--Data
Description Entry" in topic 5.3) that describe the particular
record(s) contained within a particular file.
More than one record description entry can be specified; each is an
alternative description of the same record storage area.
X Note: A method File Section can define EXTERNAL files only. A single
X run-unit level file connector is shared by all programs and methods
X containing a declaration of a given EXTERNAL file.
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