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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 21, 2021


The only way to make the leading zero visible is to have the field interpret as if it contains only text.

In OS400, if a field is alphanumeric, the number it may contain cannot be used for mathematical operations.

For example, in Excel, to ensure that the field contains text and not numbers, you can insert an apostrophe before the number.


Using Transfer File of Client Access (System i Access or IBM i ACS) or using ODBC drivers when the PF field is seen as alphanumeric in the Excel sheet it is reported as text and therefore the zero is not lost.

It would be useful if the CPYTOIMPF command could have an option that allows it to achieve the same result.

To date the command does not allow this.

Use Case:

Simplify and satisfy customer needs

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Aug 1, 2022

    Instead of using CPYTOIMPF you can run ACS directly on the IBMi... it will produce an xlsx file on the IFS.

    Still, a native *CMD option directly supporting also xml OPEN office file formats (instead of legacy text format) would surely be very nice to have in the system.

  • Guest
    Apr 17, 2021

    I would like to see it output an excel file .xlsx

  • Guest
    Feb 27, 2021

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

    Since this enhancement would introduce a change in behavior, it would require a new data area to enable the function. This implementation option limits the number of clients who will ever adopt the enhancement, lowering its potential value to our community. Therefore, the cost necessary to deliver this feature is not considered worth the anticipated benefit.

  • Guest
    Feb 17, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” LOW priority feature.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Feb 10, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Db2 for i
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None