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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 21, 2020

New IMPORT parameter on DCLF command

Add new IMPORT parameter to the DCLF (Declare File) CL command so the fields would be initialized with an exported Data Structure from a Service Program or another Module

Rules and Validations:
-The new IMPORT parm would require a name up to 14 chars long (RPG variables naming restrictions) that would be validated at bind time to be a name of an exported data structure

-The new IMPORT parm would be valid only in a CLLE *MODULE created with CRTCLMOD. Cannot be used in a CLLE *PGM which is irrelevant

In a RPGLE, a data struc name SomeDS is declared and exported with EXPORT keyword
DCL-DS SomeDS ExtName('SomeExtDS') Export END-DS;

In a CLLE, the data struc is imported on the DCLF command with the IMPORT parm

Use Case:

When a CLLE Module is bind with a Service Program or other Module, one would be able to assign fields of an externally defined file with an exported Data Structure

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2021

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

  • Guest
    Jul 2, 2020

    Thank you IBM for evaluating my RFE

    My new functionality can be merged with RFE #134466 since they both work on Data Structures.
    I mean that would make more sense to have the *IMPORT parm on a DCL-DS definition than on a DCLF

  • Guest
    Apr 29, 2020

    IBM has received this requirement and is evaluating it. IBM will provide a response after evaluation is complete.