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Status Is a defect
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 30, 2019

In RDi, remove invalid error messages when using a continuation F-Spec line.

Please remove restrictions in RDI when editing code for a RPG program. The problem occurs for the F-Spec continuation line that RDi rejects. The specification works normally in SEU.

The F-Spec and I-SPec are used to rename a record format and fields from a table definition that has a underscore in the name and the format name is longer than 10 characters.


Use Case:

There are many clients using older RPG code which they do not want to upgrade to ILE. (Another issue).

As we move forward, we are using tables with long names but these pose a problem for RPG 3/4 programs where we need to rename the record format and field names.

In RDi, it rejects the statements. I found that SEU works as designed and could get passed the problem that way, but it wasted a good few hours trying to resolve the issue not expecting RDi to be the problem.

Here is the example code:


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Sep 3, 2019

    IBM has identified this as a defect with the OPM RPG syntax checker requiring a code change. Please contact your service representative to open a Case and mention this RFE. Note that there is a preference to turn off the OPM RPG syntax checker, found at
    Preferences > Remote Systems > Remote Systems LPEX Editor > IBMi Parsers > RPG/400 where you can uncheck "Automatic syntax checking".

  • Guest
    Sep 3, 2019

    I agree that this is either a bug or a configuration issue and not likely to be missing functionality

    Can you please include the continued F-Spec that is giving trouble
    Are you sure that the file is found in the library list (otherwise we will warn you that we did not find the external definition being referred to).

  • Guest
    Sep 1, 2019

    Surely this is a bug - not an enhancement? RDi should support it. Period.

  • Guest
    Aug 30, 2019

    Attachment (Use case): Example of error messages in RDi.