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6.2.35 START Statement



The START statement provides a means of positioning within an indexed or relative file for subsequent sequential record retrieval.

When the START statement is executed, the associated indexed or relative file must be open in either INPUT or I-O mode.


    ___ Format _______________________________________________________________________________________ 
   |                                                                                                  |
   | >>__START__file-name-1_________________________________________________________________________> |
   |                                                                                                  |
   | >__ ________________________________________________________________________ __________________> |
   |    |_KEY__ ____ __ _EQUAL__ ____ ____________________________ __data-name-1_|                    |
   |           |_IS_|  |        |_TO_|                            |                                   |
   |                   |_=________________________________________|                                   |
   |                   |_ LESS __ ________ _______________________|                                   |
   |                   |         |_ THAN _|                       |                                   |
   |                   |_ < ______________________________________|                                   |
   |                   |_GREATER__ ______ ________________________|                                   |
   |                   |          |_THAN_|                        |                                   |
   |                   |_>________________________________________|                                   |
   |                   |_NOT LESS__ ______ _______________________|                                   |
   |                   |           |_THAN_|                       |                                   |
   |                   |_NOT <____________________________________|                                   |
   |                   |_ NOT GREATER __ ________ ________________|                                   |
   |                   |                |_ THAN _|                |                                   |
   |                   |_ NOT > __________________________________|                                   |
   |                   |_ LESS __ ________ __ OR EQUAL __ ______ _|                                   |
   |                   |         |_ THAN _|              |_ TO _| |                                   |
   |                   |_ <= _____________________________________|                                   |
   |                   |_GREATER__ ______ __OR EQUAL__ ____ ______|                                   |
   |                   |          |_THAN_|            |_TO_|      |                                   |
   |                   |_>=_______________________________________|                                   |
   |                                                                                                  |
   | >__ __________________________________________ ________________________________________________> |
   |    |_INVALID__ _____ __imperative-statement-1_|                                                  |
   |               |_KEY_|                                                                            |
   |                                                                                                  |
   | >__ ______________________________________________ __ ___________ ____________________________>< |
   |    |_NOT INVALID__ _____ __imperative-statement-2_|  |_END-START_|                               |
   |                   |_KEY_|                                                                        |
   |                                                                                                  |
   |__________________________________________________________________________________________________|
file-name-1
Must name a file with sequential or dynamic access. File-name-1 must be defined in an FD entry in the Data Division, and must not name a sort file.

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